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The Protestant Reformation Research Paper

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Martin Luther’s Influence in History

No conversation can begin with the word or phrase religious reformation, protestant, peasant rebellion, crusades, or even holocaust without owing a debt to one man, that man’s name is Martin Luther. The ideas of this one man began to change the religious, political and social norms of the 16th century and continue to unto this vary day. He may be the singular most important figure in Western religious culture to this day. Unlike many historical figures that came from prosperous families or nobility which then rose to power themselves, Martin Luther was proud of having been born to a low income family. He was once quoted as proudly calling himself “the son of a peasant.” He was also fond of writing in his earthly German even though his Latin was also very powerful. (1) This would become a focal point of Luther’s career. No matter to what elevation he would raise to, he never considered himself a reformer but a man of the people. Hence most of his writing was written in German to gain a wider audience. Also unlike many peasants of his time Luther would go on to be college educated. In 1505 he would graduate from Erfurt College with a degree in liberal arts. On his way back to Erfurt he was caught in a thunderstorm and vowed to St. Anne (Patron saint of miners) that if she saved him he would become a monk. Despite his father’s opposition, Luther joined the Augustine friars, an elite order both socially and intellectually. (2) During his time with the monks Luther became obsessed with the delusion that he was jaded in the eyes of God. No form of penance was too extreme and he rigorously sought after every form of spiritual discipline and purity, all to no avail. No matter how persistent he was in his endeavors, he never felt justified in Gods eyes. Always the sinner and never the saint Luther began to search the Bible and the Church rigorously for answers. In 1510 Luther embarked on a...