Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Martin Luther and Philosphy (#8 Austin Wilson)
Martin Luther and Philosophy (#8 Austin Wilson)
In my 3 part blog series I am going to cover Martin Luther. Luther was a monk who was born in southeast Germany in 1483. Luther wasn't always a profoundly religious man as he struggled in his search to find God. In 1513, he began to read scriptures of Psalms which led him to his philosophy of having faith alone may bring salvation.
Martin Luther was a German monk who questioned the Catholic Church during the early 16th century. He was disgusted because of the Catholics Church’s practice of indulgences. Indulgences are a way to reduce the punishment for sinning for a price. Martin Luther, who believed in the idea that salvation can be reached through faith only hated the idea of indulgence selling. Many people such as Friar Johann sold indulgences to raise money to decorate the Basilica in Rome. To get his voice out he wrote the 95 thesis and hung it to the Catholic Church’s front door. The 95 thesis was a list of questions and propositions for debate. The 95 thesis became the foundation of the Protestant Reformation which was more of questioning rather than accusing the Catholic Church. His philosophy leads to the Protestant Reformation which was a huge movement to change the practices of the Roman Catholic Church. The Church was also corrupt because the leaders were using the Church to spread their political power.
In conclusion, Martin Luther lived to be one of the most influential philosopher of all time; changing the idea of religious practice all throughout Europe. In 1521, Luther was summoned to the Diet of Worms by the Church. Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholics Church(Edict of Worms) as he still wouldn't take back his accusations at the Diet of Worms. Luther suffered greatly his later years in life until his death in 1546.