Historical Who is Who

LUTHER Martin

1483 - 1546
Germany
RELIGION, POLITICS

Central figure of the Protestant Reformation. Following a visit to Rome in 1510, he took a stand against the Roman Catholic Church to which he had hitherto belonged as a priest and lecturer. He set out a list of theological objections. These included such issues as the authority of the church, the importance of faith rather than buying power for gaining divine favour, and celibacy. He was a powerful communicator, not only in preaching, but in composing hymns and most especially translating the Bible. His emphasis on education, as on social ethics, was politically challenging – both to princes and peasants.  Sadly, he was also the propagator of vitriolic language against the Jews.

Life

Writings 

This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using the site, you agree to our use of cookies. For more information about how we use cookies click here.