Martin Luther and the Ninety Five Theses
February 11, 2014
II. Who was Martin Luther?
III. Martin Luther Calls for Reformation
IV. A Short synopsis of the Ninety Five Theses
V. Result of the Theses
VI. Sources Consulted
Martin Luther was the first person to translate and publish the Bible in the commonly-spoken dialect of the German people. Luther's hymns sparked the development of congregational singing in Christianity. His marriage, on June 13, 1525, to Katharina von Bora, a former nun, began the tradition of clerical marriage within several Christian traditions.
Martin Luther was one of the most influential and compelling figures of Church history. Some of the most fundamental tenets of the Catholic Church were called into question by Luther, and lead to the greatest religious revolt in Church history, now known as the Protestant Reformation.
Who Was Martin Luther?
Martin Luther was born to Hans and Margaretta Luther on November 10, 1483 in Eisleben, Germany. He was baptized on the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, for whom he was named. Martin’s childhood was one of abuse and uncompromising cruelty, “His father once beat him so mercilessly that he ran away from home …His mother, "on account of an insignificant nut, beat me till the blood flowed, and it was this harshness and severity of the life I led with them that forced me subsequently to run away to a monastery and become a monk."
His father owned and worked a copper mine in the nearby town of Mansfeld. Having come from peasantry, his father was determined to see his son rise up to civil service and bring honor to the family. To achieve this goal, Hans sent Martin Luther to schools in Mansfeld, Magdeburg, and Eisenach.
In 1501, when he was seventeen years old, Martin Luther entered the University of Erfurt, where he received a Master of Arts degree (in...