Luther Review

Why was there a negative reaction when Luther was clumsy during his first mass? Being clumsy against the norm, which led to a negative reaction.

What does Luther realize after his visit to Rome? Why is Rome a “circus”? The RCC turns out to not be what he expected. Rome was considered a circus because many things were against the religion.

How was the symbolism of saints and indulgences corrupted? People where asked to pay their gods, instead of being properly catholic.

What kind of student was Luther? Luther was a good student who believed in the bible and was passionate about doing good things.

How are Indulgences a Comfort for people? Sins could be easily payed off and you’d go to heaven.

What is the worst punishment that the Catholic Church can impart to its members? Excommunication from the church.

What effect did his message have on the people of the time? Since not all people could read, they believed whatever was said to them. This was detrimental.

Why can’t a suicidal person be buried in the cemetery?  Because suicide was an immediate sentence to hell for eternity.

How does Luther find the  “merciful” and loving God he was looking for? From reading the scripture.

Why are indulgences important for the Church? It brought revenue to the church.

Why was it so dangerous to write the Bible in German? RCC could no longer brainwash people.

What does Spalatin mean when he tells Luther “Welcome to the world of politics”? What do politics have to do with the Church? He means that the church was the center of law and religion.

What are the pros and cons of one universal leader deciding what is beneficial for the Church? I believe that this is a con, because maintaining one leader makes everything very conservative and too intense.

Why was it so important that Luther revoked his writings?

What is more important for Luther and for the church, orthodoxy (right belief) or orthopraxy (correct practice or conduct).Orthodoxy was important to Luther and orthopraxy was important to the church.

What is the source of religious authority for Luther? God was the main source.

How does ritual serve as a form of catharsis? Rituals serve to relax.

Luther maintained that he was not against the Church, but what was he protesting against? Luther protested against people interpreting the bible in different ways.

Why was Luther excommunicated? Luther went against the RCC.

What are some of the consequences of Luther’s new interpretation? Excommunication and burning of his bibles.

What did Luther write his 95 theses? To explain that faith can get you to salvation.

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