Martin Luther Essay

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* Why Martin Luther became disillusioned with the Church of Rome * Martin Luther was one of the most influential figures in Christian history. He was a controversial figure in the Reformation movement. In this essay, the intent is to point out the reason as to why Martin Luther was disappointed with the methods and intention of the Roman Church. How he entered into monastery work, how his Catholic upbringing contributed, and his 95 theses on the issue of indulgences. * Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483, in Roman Catholicism in the small town of Eisleben, Saxony, in modern southeast Germany. His parents, Hans and Margarette Luther, were of a peasant lineage, but Hans had some success as a miner and ore smelter. In 1484, the family moved to nearby Mansfeld, where Hans held ore deposits. Hans Luther knew that mining was a tough business and wanted his promising son to have a better future and become a lawyer. At age seven, Martin Luther entered school in Mansfeld. At 14, he went to north to Magdeburg, where he continued his studies. In 1498, he returned to Eisleben and enrolled in a school, studying grammar, rhetoric and logic. * In 1501, Martin Luther entered the University of Erfurt, where he received a Master of Arts degree (in grammar, logic, rhetoric and metaphysics). He was on his way to becoming a lawyer. However, in July 1505, Luther had a life-changing experience that set him on a new course for his future. While traveling through a terrible thunderstorm where he feared for his life, a lightning strike narrowly missed him. Martin cried out a vow to God. If he survived, he promised to live as a monk. The storm subsided and he was saved. The decision to become a monk was difficult and greatly disappointed his father, but he felt the need to keep a promise. Luther was also driven by the fear of hell and God’s wrath, and a need to gain the

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