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Martin Luther

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Martin Lutherby Lucas Cranach the Elder

Born

10 November 1483
Eisleben, County of Mansfeld, Holy Roman Empire

Died

18 February 1546
Eisleben, County of Mansfeld, Holy Roman Empire

Education

University of Erfurt

Occupation

  • Friar
  • Priest
  • Theologian
  • Professor

Notable work

  • Ninety-five Theses
  • Luther's Large Catechism
  • Luther's Small Catechism
  • On the Freedom of a Christian
  • On the Bondage of the Will

Spouse

Katharina von Bora

Children

  • Hans 
  • Elisabeth
  • Magdalena
  • Martin
  • Paul
  • Margarethe
Theological work

Era

Reformation

Tradition or movement

Lutheranism

Signature

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Martin Luther, O.S.A. was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.

Luther was ordained to the priesthood in 1507. He came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church; in particular, he disputed the view on indulgences. Luther proposed an academic discussion of the practice and efficacy of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. His refusal to renounce all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Holy Roman Emperor.

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Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying. - Martin Luther

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.

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Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. - Martin Luther

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.

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God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. - Martin Luther

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.

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Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart. - Martin Luther

Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.

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Blood alone moves the wheels of history. - Martin Luther

Blood alone moves the wheels of history.

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There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. - Martin Luther

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.

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Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us. - Martin Luther

Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.

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Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. - Martin Luther

Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.

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Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God. - Martin Luther

Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.

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All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. - Martin Luther

All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.

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Pray, and let God worry. - Martin Luther

Pray, and let God worry.

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Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. - Martin Luther

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.

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Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ. - Martin Luther

Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.

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Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are? - Martin Luther

Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are?

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Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding. - Martin Luther

Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.

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If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself. - Martin Luther

If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself.

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