Martin Luther King Jr.

Essay by William CarterHigh School, 11th gradeB, January 1997

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Martin Luther

The reformation began within the Catholic Church .

On Oct. 31, 1517 , Martin Luther a professor and a monk of

theology, posted his 95 Theses on the Castle Church in

Wittenberg, Germany . This theses were series that attacked the

sale of indulgences . Luther criticized what he considered other

abuses in the church . Luther taught that God justifies human

beings . What Luther meant was that God makes them righteous

through His kindness to the people .

In Jan. 1521, Pope leo X excommunicated Luther and

declared him a heretic . Emperor Charles V and the members of

the imperial diet ordered Luther to appear before the diet in the

Worms, Germany .In May 1521 , the emperor signed the Edict of

the Worms , a document which declared Luther to be an outlaw

whom anyone could kill without protest . Frederick the Wise

protected Luther.

Luther continued to the Protestant movement

until his death in 1546.

Reformation

Reformation was a religious movement of the

1500's that led to Protestantism . This movement had an impact

on social, political, and economic life . Before the reformation ,

Europe had been held together by the universalism of the Catholic

Church and the claim of the Holy Roman emperor . After the

reformation Europe had several large Prostant churches and

smaller Protestant religious groups .

From the result of the Reformation ,Europe was divided

btwn the Catholic counties of the south and the Protestant

countries of the north. This diversity of religious life created a

mood of religious toleration and the respect for the importance of

individual conscience . The Reformation also stimulated many

reforms within the Catholic Church .

Martin Luther believed that he can change

something that he believed in . Martin protested some of...