Martin Luther, the famous German professor who fought against practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He was not only a professor but also a composer, priest, monk.
He was born on November 10, 1483, in Eisleben, Germany and died on February 18, 1546, when he was 62.
He was one of the most significant figures in Christian history, who gave rise to reformation – which was followed by Protestantism as the third major force within Christendom, alongside Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.
In the 16th century, he introduced new religious, political, and economic trajectories to European world.
Martin Luther fought against the Church:
He staunchly refuted the Catholic view on indulgences. This was explicitly explained in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517.
He challenged the holy authorities in Rome and said that the Bible is not the only source of divinely revealed knowledge from God.
He was against sacerdotalism, a system of priesthood, which asks to consider all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood.
Those who used to follow his teachings were called Lutherans.
He further translated Bible into the German vernacular, giving rise to Protestant churches, where his hymns became popular.
He wrote on The Letter of Paul to the Romans (1: 17), “For in it [i.e., the gospel] the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith: as it is written, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live’.”
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