christianity germany

Essay by lexipopkoJunior High, 8th grade November 2014

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How Christianity Changed Germany From the 1200­1800

Martin Luther

The Protestant Reformation had started in 1517 and had all started from a man named Martin Luther. He was born November 10, 1483 and had died February 18, 1546. Luther was born in Eisleben, Germany and had died there as well. He had liked religious things and he went to a public school that taught some religion and once his father found out he had taken him out of school. Luther's father had taken him out because he had different plans for his son to become a lawyer. In July of 1505, Luther got caught in a powerful thunderstorm, in which a bolt of lightning nearly hit him. He considered the accident a sign from God and promised to become a monk if he survived the storm. The storm had passed and Martin had known what he had to do next. Luther rebelled at the age of 21 to become an Augustinian monk. He had noticed that the Catholic churches had told the listeners to just listen to what the priest said and not to notice or read the bible and just let the priest do it for them. Martin Luther had thought that was wrong and that people should be able to read the bible and follow what the bible says so he had made the 95 Theses and posted it on the churches doors on October 31, 1517. Luther had posted it that day so that when everybody came to the church the next day for Saints Day, they would read what he had posted on the door. Some examples of what he had posted on it follows:

1. The pope himself cannot remit guilt, but only declare and confirm that it has been

remitted by God; or,