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Martin Luther
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Religious Figure
    (November 10, 1483-February 18, 1546)
    Received a doctorate in philosophy (1505)
    Became a monk at the Augustine convent at Erfurt
    Studied the Bible during this period
    Ordained as a priest (1507)
    Moved to Wittenberg and became a teacher
    Became angry at the Catholic church after witnessing the extravagances of the papal court
    Wrote 95 theses on the doctrine indulgences and nailed them to the Wittenberg church gate; the general message was that priests had no right to forgive sins
    A delegation was sent to Germany and called on him to retract the theses
    Luther refused and began to circulate writings among the general population
    Excommunicated by the Pope - he burned the document in public two months later (1521)
    Charles V ordered the destruction of his works and summoned him before the sovereigns of Germany (1521)
    Held his ground there and did not retract his earlier sayings
    Kidnapped on orders of the Elector of Saxony; this was actually to protect him from harm
    Stayed at the Castle of Wartburg for a year, pretending to be a knight and translating the Bible into German
    Protestant creed established at Augsburg (1530)
    Dean of the theology faculty at Wittenberg (1533-1546)
    Wrote over 30 hymns, 450 treatises, 3000 sermons and 2600 letters
    His beliefs later caused the deaths of tens of thousands (though it was not he who was at fault).
    He initially studied to become a lawyer.
    He was a former monk who married a former nun.
    He is sometimes confused with Martin Luther King (who is named for him).
    He was an anti-semite.
    After being scared by a thunder storm he vowed to become a friar.
    Believing the Earth was the center of the universe, he called Copernicus a fool.
    His works led to the Reformation and the establishment of the Protestant church.
    He was known for being a good public speaker with a sense of humor.
    He could relate to the common people because his parents were commoners.
    He disliked the rituals of the Catholic church, especially confession to a priest and penance.
    The loss of adherents by the Catholic church led them to some reforms.
    He risked his life and his reputation to stand up for his beliefs.
    He helped reconcile sex and Christianity by saying: 'The longing of a man for a woman is God's creation.'

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