The reformation began within the Catholic Church . On Oct. 31, 1517 ,
Martin Luther a professor and a monk of theology, posted his 95 Theses on the
Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany . This theses were series that attacked the
sale of indulgences .

Luther criticized what he considered other abuses in the
church . Luther taught that God justifies human beings . What Luther meant was
that God makes them righteous through His kindness to the people .
In Jan. 1521, Pope leo X excommunicated Luther and declared him a heretic .Emperor Charles V and the members of the imperial diet ordered Luther to appear
before the diet in the Worms, Germany .

In May 1521 , the emperor signed the
Edict of the Worms , a document which declared Luther to be an outlaw whom
anyone could kill without protest . Frederick the Wise protected Luther. Luther
continued to the Protestant movement until his death in 1546.
Reformation was a religious movement of the 1500's that led to
Protestantism .

This movement had an impact on social, political, and economic
life . Before the reformation , Europe had been held together by the
universalism of the Catholic Church and the claim of the Holy Roman emperor .After the reformation Europe had several large Prostant churches and smaller
Protestant religious groups .
From the result of the Reformation ,Europe was divided btwn the Catholic
counties of the south and the Protestant countries of the north. This diversity
of religious life created a mood of religious toleration and the respect for the
importance of individual conscience .

The Reformation also stimulated many
reforms within the Catholic Church .
Martin Luther believed that he can change something that he believed in .Martin protested some of the practices in the Catholic church . He stood up for
what he wanted to change .

He had enough guts to stand and protest what was
wrong . People around the world protest for what they believe in and stand up
for their rights . Our past history influence us everyday . We go through the
same things they went through .

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