As a true believer in personal ideals and religious views, Martin Luther sparked religious change in the people of Germany through his 95 theses. Martin Luther was the type of person that was not afraid to speak out against what he thought was incorrect – in this case, the governing of the church. After simply nailing his 95 theses to the door of the church without thought of its effects, Luther unexpectedly caused the religious rebellion of the German citizens. Since speaking out against the church was thought to be punished by damnation in hell, very few people actually expressed their views publically. Luther, however was a radical in the sense that he was not afraid of the effects of his theses on him; he was more concerned with expressing his heart-felt views on religion. He felt that religion should be a personal connection between God on oneself. This view was obviously shot down by the Pope and Luther was threatened with severe punishments such as excommunication from the church.

Due to the printing press, Luther’s 95 theses and other pamphlets were able to be transmitted throughout the country much quicker than ever before. This enabled much more people to read and agree with his views. With more and more people supporting his ideals, they began to join together and unite against the wrong-doings of the church. They began taking over churches and reading Luther’s newly translated German bible on their own rather than just listening to what the priests and religious leaders had to say. Since the bible was now able to be read in German, the citizens began to take on their own views and decide how they wanted to practice their religion. Luther acted as a both a social and religious revolutionary in this sense because from his initial 95 theses, he got many people to publically express what they wanted to believe. Even though Luther did not necessarily want to see all of this happen, he had no choice in the effects that his theses caused.

Luther criticized the German society and churches for not presenting God’s will to its people how he believed it to be. As stated above, Luther firmly believed that religion should be solely between the individual and God and that salvation was gained through being a good person and being honest and true to God. He felt that the German churches were not presenting this idea to the people which prompted the publishing of the 95 Theses. He proposed to change these teachings by speaking out publically against the church, but he did not realize how large of an impact his writings would have. After the printing and mass distribution of his texts, the people of Germany became more independent and more radical in their views. At the beginning however, this was not Luther’s objective. He merely wanted to express his views to the church and encourage people to strengthen their relationship with God. His desire to uncover religious corruption sparked a nationwide revolution for the best and the church is forever changed because of it.

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