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COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE EFFECTS BROUGHT ABOUT BY AND INDIVIDUAL FROM EITHER A PERIOD OF CRISIS AND DIVISION FROM EACH OF THE TWO TRADITIONS WITH REFERENCE TO THE AREA CHALLENEGE TO TRADITION Martin Luther and Moses Maimonides are two individuals that challenged their own religious traditions during a period of crisis and division There are many aspects of these two individuals that could be compared and contrasted closely as they both had a great effect on their religion Internal and external problems that had arised during the period of Maimonides and Luther that threatened the prevailance of their religion is what commenced the actions of the two individuals to revolutionalise Judaism and Christianity Both Maimonides and Luther wrote texts to help rectify the current status of their religion They both achieved different results in the end but still changed Judaism and Christianity forever by presenting challenges to their tradition Moses Maimonides was a great influential leader in Judaism He brought about change as he strengthened Judaism through his ideas and methods He believed that philosophy based on logic is compatible with religion based on faith and set out to prove this idea which is present in his text The Guide of the Perplexed Moreh Nevuchim This written text contains applications of philosophy to religious understanding Martin Luther had also written a text 95 thesis which challenged the religion and religious authority He pointed out aspects of corruption within the church such as simony and pluralism and rejected the Popes authority and actions of the church He discussed new original ideas in his theology which contradicted the traditional ways of the church such as the idea that there is no hierarchy within the church That all people were spiritually equal in the eyes of God and ordained men are not superior to laypeople He also discussed the true objective of the selling of indulgences Luther denounced the indulgence preachers
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