Martin Luther is best known as the person who started the reformation, which lead into the protestant division of Christianity. It all started when Luther felt he didn't agree which the teachings of the Catholic Church, which dominated society at that time. He went on to write the 95 theses and nailed it to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church. .
Martin Luther's Early Years (1483-1516).
On November 10, 1483 Martin Luther was born in Eisleben, Germany to Hans and Margaretta Luther. The following day he was baptized in the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. At age thirteen Luther began boarding school in Magdeburg, Germany. Then at age seventeen Luther began studying liberal arts at the University of Erfurt, which was one of the best universities at the time. At the age of twenty-one Luther received his Master's degree and entered law school. Then Luther at the age of twenty-two took his monastic vows and became a monk in the Catholic Church. The year after, Luther was ordained into the priesthood. Several years later Luther became a Doctor of Theology. .
Martin Luther the Reformer (1517-1537).
As Luther went on in life he felt uncomfortable about a teaching in the Catholic Church that caused him to investigate. The teaching was purchasing indulgences, which was where parishioners paid the Priest in order to remove their sins, and sometimes to get loved ones out of purgatory. Then on October 31, 1517, Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church. The 95 theses was a list of 95 things that Luther disagreed with in the teachings of the Catholic Church. On January 3, 1521, the pope excommunicated Luther from the Catholic Church. Luther was then summoned to appear before the Diet of Worms in order to get him to repent. Luther did not repent and quietly left and hid for eleven months at Wartburg castle. For the time he was at the castle there was a ban on Luther and his followers but was lifted.