Martin Luther; a saint in some eyes and a sinner in others By: Jacob Carroll

Martin Luther The Saint and Sinner

"Martin Luther Translating the Bible in Germany, 1521." Gale Biography in Context, Gale, 2010.

In this picture Martin Luther is translating the Bible to languages the public can understand, such as English, French, and German. In the perspective of the people this is good. They gain the will to read the Bible for themselves and form their own opinions, unlike having to listen to Priest read for them. However this was bad in the eyes of the Church. They saw this as bad because the people reading the Bible would misinterpret the meaning of the Bible.

Martin Luther. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. 19 Dec 2016.

In this picture Martin Luther is posting his 95 Theses on a Church door. These 95 theses were what Martin Luther thought was wrong with the Church. This was good for the people because the 95 theses made them start to question the Church's actions, like the three main complaints of Luther which were the use of indulgences, the buying of Church officials, and charging a fee for using money. This was bad for the Church because people were now questioning them and now they would have to pay for St. Peters to be rebuilt.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) burning the papal bull 'Exsurge Domine' of Pope Leo X.. Photo. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. 19 Dec 2016.

In this picture Marin Luther is burning a Papal Bull. This Papal Bull was sent to Luther to force him to stop teaching. Then, as shown in the picture, he burns it in an act of protest. This was good for the people because it showed that Luther was not part of the Church and not at the confinements of the Church, creating his own religion of Lutheranism. With no choice the Church excommunicated Luther. This was not good for the Church because there were many followers of Luther. This lead to the loss of control the Church had over the followers of Luther, making them rebel.

Work Cited

"Martin Luther." Britannica Academic, Encyclopedia Britannica, 1 Mar. 2007. 19 Dec. 2016

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