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Martin Luther

            Martin Luther is considered to be one of the most influential philosophers of his time. He was born on November 10, 1483, in Eislebam. His parents were Hans and Margaretita Luther. Luther first became intrigued with religion when he was struck by lightning on his way home from law school at the University of Erfurt. He vowed he would become a monk if St. Ann would vow to save his life. The University of Erfurt is also where he first began his studies in theology. Most of Martin Luther's philosophical views are based on the book of psalms. He believed in the philosophy of faith.
             Martin Luther was a great aspect of the reformation of the Catholic Church. This all came about in 1517, when catholic priests began selling indulgences. This act of selling remission of sins influenced Luther to reevaluate his beliefs in the catholic religion. He found ninety-five points that he thought to be wrong with Catholicism. He wrote those points so that everyone could read them including the peasants. Part of Luther's philosophy was that everyone should be able to read and understand the word of God. His ideas at this time caused many conflicts in Rome. He was charged with heresy, for the fear of his life, he fled the country. Luther's philosophy caused many people to question their faith in Catholicism.
             Martin Luther was a firm believer in faith. He said that faith is not what some people think it is. Their human dream is a delusion, because they observe that faith is not followed by good works or a better life. They fall into error, even though they speak and hear much about faith (Smith 1-2). Luther believed that faith, true faith would make people completely different. He said that faith is a living, creative, active and powerful thing. His philosophy was that faith is a living, bold trust in God's grace, so certain of God's favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it (Smith 1-2).

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