The Church Versus The People

It would be easy to believe that history works in ironic ways, Martin Luther creates total strife in the social views of the developing western world, yet he had no intentions of this, “ I would have never thought such a storm would rise from Rome…” (02:15). There was reason for Luther's drive of change in the face of being a heretic, and even large underlying societal factors that made his word against the Catholic church so popular. The key to Martin Luther's success was his use of the printing press. The printing press allowed for the faster spread of communication much like the Internet does today. (10:30) Being able to reach many people, and more importantly the ordinary people in Germany.(14:00) At the time, Germany was fractured into many small states all umbrella under the Roman Empire, which oppress the areas. The Catholic church has created many avenues of reliance between the people and the divine. Martin Luther even went back to scripture to find that out of the 7 sacraments the church used, only 2 were found in scripture. (24:00) This oppression from the church, combined with the radically teaching that brings the authority and power from the divines of the church to the people itself. The movement of Martin Luther became much more than a religious upheaval, but about economics and social standards. (41:30). This revolution and works had at this point reached critical mass, reaching the new prince of the Holy Roman Empire. After hearing the attacks on the Catholic church and the powers that run it, he had requested a hearing with Martin Luther. Even after his excommunication Martin Luther proved his faith in his beliefs by going to what could easily have been his death. It was the moment that would define the rest of the revolution, testifying his case in front of both secular and nonsecular powers Martin Luther would not recant any of his books. “Here I stand, I can do no other, God help me, Amen.” (34:53) Martin Luther was able to miraculously safe face, and the council was not able to come to a unanimous agreement, but still some feared for his life and Martin Luther went into hiding. At this point, his true work came to fruition, being the figurehead of a revolution that was not lead from top down, but from the ground up. The people who were being used and forced to follow the ways and events of the church turned. It was the people who prayed, payed and defended the church now attacking it under the ideas of Martin Luther. It was no longer the ideas of Martin Luther, but the idea of the people, a powerful notion that can be seen by any successful revolution to date. When Martin Luther was able to come out of hiding, there was a change in how society worked with churches. The church was no longer able to be so powerful in the social aspects of the community, but since the church was so ingrained into how society worked there were difficulties. (42:50) Communities were able to focus on changing their own policies without the overbearing hand of the church, so we can now see public practices such as schooling, relief for the poor and social discipline (43:32). Without this revolution, we may not have seen as much in the way of democracy and public services that we take for granted today. Martin Luther, though unintentionally, effected the course of all of Europe and western civilization as we know it today.

-Zack Johnson -Words: 582

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