Martin Luther; Saint or Sinner By: Abby Carroll

Martin Luther's 95 Theses

From the act of pinning his 95 Theses he could be seen as the act of a saint or a sinner. The people that see him as a saint would say that the nailing of these Theses to the church door would help the church realize the corruption within and spark some real change. Such as not selling indulgences to people to give them forgiveness without them being punished for their action or people buying indulgences to have a straight shot to heaven. From the side of Martin Luther being a sinner people could think that this act is a diffidence against the church. That he wants to destroy the Catholic religion. This defiance to the church could also be seen as a threat to the other people of the church and, they do not want someone to to take their power or change the way they are running the show.


To the other people of the church Lutherism, an extension of the Prodistin religion, was a sin because he was creating his own religion to compete against Catholicism which was his original realign so they said in the eyes of god he competed mortal sin and will not be forgiven. But they really think that he is a sinner because of Luther creating a competing religion and they do not want to lose their power and followers. The people that believe that he is a saint say that the creation of this religion would be a place where they can read and hear the bible read the way that is is written. Without changes made by the people in power. They also think that this place would be a place without corruption of personal gain by tricking the people to spend their money things that god has not approved of.

The Burning of the Papal Bull

The Burning of the Papal Bull was an act of rebellion against the church. But the church would use this against him to show that he does not have faith and God and this whole thing was just to challenge the church and gain power for himself. But the people that saw him as a saint and himself believed that this was to show him excommunicating himself from the church. To Luther and his followers this was a good thing because he was disconnecting himself from the church that was wronging, using the people and, lastly the corruption in the church.

Works Cited

"The Burning of the Papal Bull" Google Images. 20 December 2016.

“Lutherism” Google Images. 20 December 2016.

“Martin Luther” Google Images. 20 December 2016.

“Martin Luther 95 Theses” Google Images. 20 December 2016.

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