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    Martin Luther and the Birth of


    Luthers Early Years

    1.Luther was a conscientious friar, butobservance of the religious routine did not

    bring him a sense of security in salvation.2.Eventually he concluded that only simple

    faith in Christ led to salvation.

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    The Ninety-five Theses


    In Luthers home of Wittenburg

    in 1517 the Church was selling

    indulgences to raise money for the construction of St. PetersBasilica in Rome


    By the 1500s common people believed that when they purchased

    an indulgence, they were purchasing from the Church fullremission of penalties for sin.


    Luther rejected the notion that good works, such as donatingmoney to the Church through an indulgence, could lead to

    salvation. He was disturbed that Church friars were misleadingthe common people and wrote to his archbishop in protest.4.

    In 1519 Luther challenged the authority of the Pope (and of ageneral church council) in public debate. He was


    Holy Roman Emperor Charles V declared Luther an outlaw, butDuke Frederick of Saxony sheltered him.


    Ulrich Zwingli, a Swiss priest, joined the Reformation in 1519,

    denouncing indulgences, monasticism, and celibacy. LikeLuther, Zwingli insisted the laity should read the Bible.

    Martin Luther and the Birth of Protestantism

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    C.Protestant Thought1.

    Luther maintained that Gods grace alone, withoutany element of individual good works, saved


    Luther held that religious authority resided inScripture alone, not Scripture in combination with

    traditional Church teachings.3.

    Luther asserted that the Church consisted of thewhole community of believers, not just the clergy.

    4. Luther argued that all vocations were equally holy,and that monasticism was not a higher vocation.5.

    Luther emphasized the invisible Church of all

    believers, not the visible hierarchy culminating inthe Pope.

    Martin Luther and the Birth of Protestantism

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    D.The Social Impact of Luthers Beliefs1.

    Even before Luther city governments in Germany had beenexpressing resentment of clerical privilege and immunities.

    2. Even before Luther town burghers, disgusted with the poorquality of priestly teaching, had endowed preacherships to

    support good preachers.

    3. Luthers writing that a Christian man is the most free lordof all contributed to peasant unrest in Germany.


    Following crop failures in 1523 and 1524, Swabian


    in 1525 demanded an end to death taxes, new rents, and

    noble seizure of village common lands.5.

    Luther initially backed the peasants.

    Martin Luther and the Birth ofProtestantism

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    6. When the peasants turned to violence, however,Luther egged the lords on as they crushed therebellions.

    7. Lutheranism came to exalt the state and subordinatechurch to the secular rulers.8.

    Luther owed his success to the printing press,

    which helped him to spread his message, and to hisown rhetorical skill.


    Luthers claim that all vocations have equal merit,the Protestant rejection of monasticism and celibacy,the insistence that all laity (including women)should read the Bible, and Luthers acceptance of

    sexual desire (within marriage) all contributed tosome improvement in womens circumstances.

    Martin Luther and the Birth ofProtestantism

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    Luther and his wife Katherine

    Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) is known for his portraits. He painted the dual

    portraits of Martin Luther and his wife Katharine von Bora, who married in 1525 andhad an exceptionally happy union. (Scala/Art Resource, NY)

    Luther and his wife Katherine

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    Re-create the chart below, filling in correct information

    Reformers Key beliefs/ideas



    English reformers

    Eastern European


    The Spread of the Reformation

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    Warm-up Question

    How did the Reformation help set the

    stage for the creation of the modernworld?

    Give specific examples.

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    The Growth of the ProtestantReformation




    Much of northern Europe broke with the Roman Church by 1555.


    Calvinism was the most important new form of Protestantism.


    Proceeding from the idea of Gods absolute sovereignty and his

    omnipotence, the founder of Calvinism, John Calvin, concludedthat human beings could do nothing to save themselves. Goddecided at the beginning of time who would be saved and whowould not (predestination).


    Predestination did not lead to fatalism. Rather, Calvinists,convinced they were saved, were ready to endure great hardshipin the struggle against evil.


    Calvin and the city government of Geneva attempted to regulatepeoples conduct in order to create a godly city on earth. Card

    playing, dancing, and so on were banned.6.

    The Genevan

    government prosecuted heretics, burning fifty-eight

    at the stake between 1542 and 1546, including the Spanish hereticServetus.

    7. The Calvinist ethic of the calling glorified all vocations aspleasing to God. This doctrine encouraged hard work andvigorous activism.

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    John Calvin

    John Calvin's theology was in most

    respects similar to Luther's. Bothreformers gave primary importance to

    the authority of the Bible and to the idea

    of predestination. This portrait of John

    Calvin is attributed to the German artistHans Holbein the Younger (ca. 1497-

    1543). It was painted around 1538, whenthe 29-year-old reformer was at thebeginning of his career in Geneva, where

    he stayed to participate in the reform of

    the city, and then remained for the rest of

    his life. (H. Henry Meeter Center for

    Calvin Studies, Calvin College and

    Calvin Theological Semnary)

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    Calvinist worshipThis painting, the Temple of

    Lyons, was attributed to Jean


    (ca. 1565). The temple was

    constructed in 1564 on land near the

    town hall and paid for by the

    Protestant community of Lyons. This

    picture of a simple Calvinist servicewas probably brought to Geneva by a

    refugee, for the temple disappeared

    after the revocation of the Edict of

    Nantes. Although Calvin's followers

    believed in equality and elected

    officials administered the church, heremen and women are segregated.

    Beside the pulpit an hourglass hangs

    to time the preacher's sermon.

    (Bibliotheque publique et

    universitaire, Geneva)

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    B.The Anabaptists

    1. Anabaptists believed in adult baptism, religioustolerance, and separation of church and state.They shared property and admitted women as

    ministers.2. Catholics, Lutherans, Calvinists, and Zwinglians all recognized the doctrine of separation of

    church and state as pointing toward a secularsociety, and they persecuted Anabaptists.

    The Growth of the Protestant


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    The English Reformation


    The Catholic Church was vigorous in early sixteenthcentury England and there was less of a gap between clergy

    and educated laypeople than elsewhere in Europe.2.

    In 1534, in order to legitimize his divorce and subsequentmarriage to Anne Boleyn, English King Henry VIII

    convinced Parliament to approve the Act of Supremacy,making him head of the English Church.


    Later, Henry seized monasteries and distributed their landsto the upper classes.


    Elizabeth I (r. 15581603), daughter of Henry VIII, steered amiddle course between Catholicism and the Puritans

    who wanted a pure

    church free of Catholic influences.

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    Holbein, portrait of Henry VIII

    This portrait of Henry VIII, painted by

    Hans Holbein the Younger in 1540, isthe best known of all of Henry's

    portraits. Although the king is painted

    half-length, Holbein has successfully

    captured Henry's regal bearing, finely

    detailed dress, the impact of his 62"

    frame, and his imperturbable, aloof

    expression. (Scala/Art Resource, NY)

    Holbein, portrait of Henry VIII

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    D. The Establishment of the Church ofScotland1. Scottish nobles tended to support theReformation, while the monarchs, King James

    V and his daughter Mary (r. 15601567),

    opposed it.2. James Knox, a minister who studied inGeneva with Calvin, was instrumental in

    getting the Scottish Parliament to set up aCalvinist church as the official state church ofScotland (Presbyterianism).

    The Growth of the Protestant


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    E.Protestantism in Ireland1. A

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