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Martin Luther: The early Christian Reformation.

In 1518, a year after Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses against Indulgences, they were condemned as heretical by Pope Leo X, and Luther was also subsequently excommunicated from the Catholic Church that same year.

In 1521, Luther was given the chance to recant his statements against the Catholic Church at the Imperial Diet of Worms, but he refused and famously said:

"I consider myself convicted by the testimony of the Holy Scripture, which is my basis; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Thus I cannot and will not recant, because acting against one’s conscience is neither safe nor sound. God help me. Amen."

Luther believed that salvation was reached by faith alone, and not by the works of giving money to the church, and he held to these beliefs for the rest of his life.


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