Martin Luther: Sinner or Saint By: Rachael Rohe / Block: 2

Martin Luther was a German theologian. He helped start the Reformation of the Catholic church when he wrote his ninety five theses about why the church need to change. He was excommunicated from the church because the church did not agree with his ideas.

Martin Luther was believed to be a saint by some because of his ninety five theses

The first reason why he was considered a saint was that he said that the Sacrament should be read in the vernacular instead of Latin because it would mean that the people actually knew what the priest was talking about so that people actually understood what they were agreeing to.

Martin Luther's Translated Bible

The second reason why he was considered a saint was because although he was not the only one to question the real meaning/value of indulgences but the first to speak out publicly about.

Indulgence sold by the Catholic Church

The third reason why he was considered a saint was because he inspired others to see the corruption and allowed more people to be aware of what was going on and how corrupt the church was at that point in time.

Martin Luther hanging his Ninety Five Theses on a church door

Martin Luther was also considered to be a sinner by the church because he spoke out against them.

The first reason why he was considered a sinner was because he said that mass was not what Christ wants and that it is wrong. This caused him to be considered a sinner because if people thought this the pope, bishops and priest would not be needed, and people would start to interpret the bible for themselves.

Renaissance Church Mass

The second reason why he was considered a sinner was because he said that the Sacrament should be read in the vernacular instead of Latin. This caused him to be considered a sinner because it changed the mass and would allow people to interpret it differently.

Cover of Martin Luther's Translated Bible

The third reason why he was considered a sinner was because the ninety five theses were viewed as an attack on the Pope because he was mentioned in some of them which caused Martin Luther to be considered a sinner.

Martin Luther's Ninety Five theses

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