Jake Steele Ger 102 Professor Wolf Martin Luther: Protestant Icon

Martin Luther, known by most historians and the general public as the creator of the Lutheran religion, was a very historic figure for various reasons.  His time spent working on his own personal philosophy has been studied by most professors, students, and philosophers of our time today.  He claimed that the only way to reach salvation was through having faith in God and his son Jesus Christ.  This was the same ideology as the Roman Catholic church shared, however Luther found many problems with the Catholic church, leading to the founding of Lutheranism.  Through Martin Luther’s use of the printing press and his writing of the 95 Thesis, he proposed that he could find a much larger audience than ever before possible.  This lead not only to the reform of the Roman Catholic Church, but also to multiple threats on Luther’s life 
       In the video, at 11:45, it is quoted as saying, “if he was to purify the church, he needed to have cooperation with those in power.”  This was a main goal of Luther’s in order to spread his word; he realized he must become more than a religious leader and become known to the German government.  One of the first things Luther did that was important for his movement of the German culture through religion was the translation of the Bible from Latin to the people of Germany’s language.  Over time, after the translation from Latin to German and the gain of popularity, this change in language lead to the King James version of the Bible, which still is used today as one of the most popular versions of the Bible.  
    In addition to this, Luther was also known for being a great hymnist.  The hymns he wrote and composed were so popular it lead to the singing of hymns in church, which was never before a common part of the Roman Catholic Church’s mass celebrations.  When he married his wife, Katharina Von Bora, he set an example for future Lutheran priests ability to get married to a woman, another rule from the Catholic Church that he broke.  
The pinnacle of his life, in accordance to the video, was when he appeared before the highest powers of Europe: the prince of Germany, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles, Johannes Meier, and Frederick the Wise.  On this day Luther was asked to recant every one of his writings, however Luther would stand true in his beliefs, even in front of the most powerful people in that time.  Luther was quoted as saying, “Here I stand, I can do no other; God help me, Amen.” (35:00) This was one of the first times a normal man stood up against the highest authority and showed his beliefs through his belief in his own freedom.  Martin Luther paved the way for modern societies belief in the idea of freedom, and this is why he is one of the most memorable figures not only in the country of Germany, but in the history of modern society.  
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