Topics: Protestant Reformation, Catholic Church, Christianity Pages: 4 (1133 words) Published: September 29, 2013

APPARTS ESSAY FIVE: Martin Luther Letter to German Nobility

The man who created this letter was known as Martin Luther. He was a clergy man from Germany and a professor of theology. His worry that he would never be good enough to earn salvation in the way the Catholicism taught, he searched for answers and came to the conclusion that one does not go to heaven simply through good works. He learned through the scripture that humans are, and never will be, perfect enough to pass through the gates of heaven. But through the the Lord Jesus who, though he was perfect himself, bore the wrath of God, died on a cross, and was risen three says later. Luther could then rest in the fact that although he was a sinful man, he had been saved by God's mercy and could rest in that fact that he would never have to be perfect and could hope is His coming. This primary source if from the view of a man who has come to see faith as he thinks is correct and who is striving to open the eyes of his fellow believers.

Place and Time
Martin Luther's Address of the Christian Nobility was written in 1520 in Germany. This was the beginning of the Protestant Reformation of which he was very involved. It was during the Renaissance and people were beginning to second guess the catholic church. Especially princes of lands because they did not like having to be under the ultimate rule of a “Holy Roman Emperor.” This would become important to Luther's journey because, after he was deemed a “criminal” and had to keep on the move, these nobles would offer his shelter in their castles while he fought to live and spread what he believed to be the true Gospel.

A presumption that readers may bring to the text is that Luther was just another insane believer of God. Now in the 21st century, there has been a back lash at religion. People prefer to think “logically” and believer everything scientists tell them. Students of history may brush off important texts having to do...
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