A Condemned Saint Rachael Noble

Martin Luther Hammering the 95 Theses on the Church Door

This scene depicts the monk, Martin Luther, nailing his ninety five theses. This event can show his more sinful side as he disrespects the church's property and publishes his ideas that go against the church. From another side of the story, this action was Luther's plea for the Church to change their sinful ways .

Luther's 95 Theses

As for Luther's actual theses, they had a more lasting effect. These ideas encouraged reform and the people thinking for themselves. This allowed for thought and opinions to sprout and the people not to rely on the Church quite as much. This also had some disadvantages because the document was a vessel for all of the civilians complaints. This lead to quarrels and arguments over practices as the church became more opinionated. In short, his theses did cause fighting, but also started reform which was difficult.

These next photos are of Martin translating the Latin bible into English. The church was very against this because Latin was the only language it could be in. It may have taken away from the sacred texts and open a door for interpretation. This was one of the causes of the church splitting because of different viewpoint. The opinions because more defined and the church split and as time passed. Directly going against the church and it's orders can be seen as a sinful.

This translation also allowed for the commoners to read the texts. With this ability the church lost control over what the people hear and learn. This sparked self thought and kept the priest and other religious leaders from taking advantage of the knowledge. He spread knowledge which he could be seen as a saint for.


Jesuits were created by the church in response to Luther's request for reform. These roman catholic men were the role models for all priests, for they were giving and spread education. The ten years in training left only the loyal, so this group had no intentions of profit. Without Luther, this group would not have existed and started the much needed reform on the church. He did help the church change it's indulgences and make them focus more on spreading knowledge.

Diet/Edict of Worms

In the May of 1521, Martin was prosecuted and declared a heretic. He went against the church with his ways and now the church decreed that he would be burned at the stake for heresy. This makes him a sinner because he is being convicted for heresy

When he was burned at the stake it shows that he is going to hell and will suffer for all eternity according to Christian belief. Though he did spark a reform and try to save the church which he could be seen as a saint for, he also went against the church with his teachings. Unfortunately, he payed the ultimate price.

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