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To what extent was Martin Luther responsible for the revolutionary Protestant reformation in Germany In this essay I will attempt to assess the extent of Martin Luthers role in the Protestant reformation that took place at the beginning of the sixteenth century in Germany Luthers name is synonymous with the religious Reformation of the sixteenth century or the evangelical movement as it is sometimes called but the actual details of the Reformation itself are somewhat lesser known Luthers role in the Reformation is well publicised but his contribution to other areas of religious life is often forgotten Luther reinvented the German language making his sermons and later the bible accessible to thousands of German citizens Heconverted it the Bible with a sensitive feeling for language and stylistic skill into a generally understandable German Luther also made his religious sermons comprehensible by preaching in the vernacular his pamphlets and countless books which he produced at an enormous rate all struck a chord with the average Deutsch speaker simply because they were written in a language legible to the average German The significance of Luther in the history of music is undisputed He succeeded in transforming psalms into well-known songs and captured the rhythm and intensity of the as yet disparate German nation with his own compositions and his unique view of word music With all my heart I would praise and laud this beautiful and artistic gift of God the free art of music for I find that the same hath much and great usefulness and is therefore a splendid and noble art so that I know not where to begin or cease to praise it Unfortunately however this author is not intent on discussing the merits of Luthers heart-warming music Rather I will discuss the fact that much of what Luther said believed and preached has down through the centuries been taken out of context The further Luther receded from us in
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