Martin Luther

Martin Luther was born in Eisleben, Germany in 1483.  

By: Kendra Barck

Early Life

Martin Luther's parents, Hans and Margarette Luther, had big dreams for Marin to become a lawyer.  In 1501, Martin received his masters of Arts degree from the University of Efrut, and seemed to be on the way to becoming a lawyer.  In 1505, things changed and Martin decided to become a monk.

Background

As a monk, Martin studied the bible a lot, and soon realized that the key to salvation was that the belief in faith itself would bring you salvation. The Catholic Church did not agree with this and was selling indulgences to people so that they would be able to enter heaven.

Accomplishments

Martin was angered by the selling of indulgences, and posted the 95 theses on the door of the Catholic Church.  The 95 theses laid out a devastating critique of the indulgences as corrupting people‚Äôs faith and although he intended to discuss this with church leaders, they never gave him the chance.  He was excommunicated in 1520.  This didn't stop the 95 theses from spreading across all of Europe or stop Martin Luther from teaching others about what he had learned.  Later in his life, Martin also translated the Bible into German.

Impact on Today

The Lutheran religion is named after Martin Luther.  His views have also impacted many other protestant religions, such as, Calvin and Anglican religions. People can also now read the Bible because of Martin's work.

End of Life

After Martin was excommunicated, he became a professor and then the Dean at the University of Wittenberg.  He suffered from many illnesses, including,arthritis, heart problems, digestive disorders, and the stress of being a fugitive.  Martin Luther died in 1546 at the age of 62 in his hometown of Eisleben.

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