Let’s Talk History Part 6: Martin Luther (not King) & The Reformation

1517:

German monk and theologian Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, initiating the Protestant Reformation

Very devout, Luther experiences a religious crisis, particularly due to the Catholic Church’s sale of indulgences, donations accepted for reduced time spent in purgatory for sins. Contrary to the Church’s belief in good deeds as a means to salvation, Luther concludes that God’s grace allows for salvation through faith alone

Luther’s attacks on the moral, financial and administrative abuses of the Roman Catholic Church influence throughout Europe, ending the imposed unity of medieval Christianity. Protestantism, as well as differing practices of Christianity, emerge as a “protest” against orthodox Catholicism. Refusing to disavow his writings, Luther is excommunicated in 1521


  1. See: Lutheranism, The Lutheran Church, one of the largest branches of Protestant Christianity
  2. See: Henry VIII, Assertio Septem Sacramentorem (Defence of the Seven Sacraments). Henry VIII defends the sacraments of marriage and the supremacy of the pope (against Martin Luther), earning him the title of “Defender of the Faith” by Pope Leo X, to whom it was dedicated (in 1521)

Now time to start a running timeline and interject with a note on my research and ongoing sources. >>>

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