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In my research assignment I plan to discuss the Protestant Reformation The report itself will include information about the Reformation as well as a one of the most important leaders Martin Luther The Reformation is known as the great 16th-century religious revolution1 in the Christian Church It ended the ecclesiastical superiority of the pope in Western Christendom and resulted in the founding of the Protestant churches It became a movement capable of shaping history when courts and princes made evangelical teachings laws within their respective towns and territories2 On October 31 of 1517 Martin Luther professor of theology began the Protestant revolution in Wittenberg Germany when he published his Ninety-Five theses to the door of the Castle Church challenging the theory and practices of indulgences documents offering commutation of penance for money payments3 The papal authorities demanded that Luther withdraw and surrender to the churchs authority but he became more stubborn and insisted that religion should be held upon individual faith based on the guidance found in the Bible Luther had grasped onto the reality that a man can only be righteous in God and be just savedsanctified by having faith found in Gods Word4 Abandoning oneself to the message of the gospel created faith After being threatened by the pope Luther publicly burned papal decree of excommunication as well as a volume of canon law The act of rebelliousness symbolized a definitive break with the entire system of the Western church Charles V the German princes and ecclesiastics assembled in 1521 at the Diet of Worms and ordered Luther to retract Again he refused and was then declared an outlaw For about a year he hid writing pamphlets illuminating his philosophy and translating the New Testament into German Although imperial law forbade his writings they were sold to many people and were powerful instruments in turning the great German cities into centers of Lutheranism Germany had become sharply divided along religious and
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