Freedom is still the dream of civil disobedience

Freedom is still the dream of civil disobedience

Saddled Up on the Trail

"I lost touch with Christ the Savior and Comforter, and made of him the jailer and hangman of my poor soul.” A quote from Martin Luther, 16th century German Monk, excommunicated Catholic Priest, and the inspiring figure behind the Protestant Reformation.

Luther’s teacher, Johann von Staupitz, first dean of the University of Wittenberg, taught him to focus on the merits of Christ, and not to dwell on his own sins as he studied theology. A foundation was laid by Staupitz to the young Luther that repentance of one’s sins did not center on self-inflicted punishments but instead centered on the change of one’s heart. Luther, then an ordained priest, graduated with his Doctor of Theology on Oct. 21, 1512. He would soon change the entire world.

Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses on the Castle Church of Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517. He openly confronted the practice of the church offering indulgences (where one would pay a price to the church to earn forgiveness for their sins), among other grievances against the church. Of no surprise, Pope Leo X kicked him out of the church, and then Holy Roman Emperor Charles V declared him an outlaw when Luther refused to recant his writings before the Diet of Worms.



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