A Discourse On Martin Luther And His Critique Of The Church

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Imagine that everywhere you go you are told that you are inferior. Every time you embark on your own you are shut down. A world where all you work for in life is for the indulgence of another. Martin Luther in his "Open Letter to the Christian Nobility of the German State," eloquently delivers a well argued critique on the oppressive nature of the Roman Church and a foundation to infuse the Christians of Germany with the power of the human spirit. Luther directly contended with the Catholic Church in order to cause reform to occur so that all of humanity could equally enjoy spirituality. With ideas "representative of the Northern Christian humanism of the Renaissance," we discover a critical ...view middle of the document...

Luther wholeheartedly wants to rid the false teachings of the church from the minds of those who are one under God.Luther furthers his argument by focusing on the preaching of the pope and the church as a wrong to all those within in the true Christian collective. "They wish to be the only Masters of the Holy Scriptures, even though in all their lives they learn nothing from them." In this rather scathing comment, Luther tries to portray the disservice that the common man is receiving. Luther believes that any man be him common, noble, or a member of the clergy can be "taught of God" and become an expert in it. "An ordinary man may have true understanding; why then should we not follow him?" Here the pope is brought down from his pedestal of proclaimed omniscience of God and compared and contrasted as possibly being lower than an "ordinary man." This is all intriguing to note due to the fact Luther believes in the common man, the human spirit of the Renaissance and applies it to Christianity and directs it to Germany. Luther goes deeper and asks what reason their possibly could be that we as one faith, from one sacrament, of one Gospel cannot decide what is right and wrong "in matters of faith" as well. Luther is promoting individualism by asking those that do have knowledge of God apart from the church to stand strong and make choices without doubting themselves. The church abuses it's so called authority according to Luther and denies the abilities of holy common folk as well.The most prominent argument, in the defense of humanism, Luther makes is that the Roman church and the pope cannot claim to be spiritual when...

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