How Did Martin Luther Affect The 95 Theses

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Martin Luther had an affect on the Reformation by changing the ways of the church using his 95 Theses. In the 95 Theses he expressed two central beliefs, the Bible is the main source of religious authority, not the Pope, and that humans reach salvation by faith, not good deeds. Martin Luther posted his claims on the door of the church in latin. The only possible way for these ideas to spread would be by the use of Gutenberg’s printing press. Martin Luther once claimed that "printing was God's highest act of grace". By stating this, he showed how without the printing press, he wouldn’t have been able to change the church like he did, and reach so many people as fast as he did.
When Martin Luther claimed that “printing was God's highest act of grace” he was expressing how his effect on the Reformation wouldn’t have been possible without the printing press. Nailing his 95 Theses on the church’s door without handing out copies in another way wouldn’t have reached anyone. The church would’ve taken it down and the people would be unaware of Luther’s beliefs. When the printing press was created people were able to spread ideas faster …show more content…

With it, people had easier access to information, and criticism of authority was more widespread, such as Luther’s 95 Theses. Without this advancement in technology, ideas and knowledge would have been limited to people in the area. With printing, ideas traveled all over Europe and affected the opinions of many. Not only that, but with the new technology more people had access to books, specifically religious books such as the bible. Having access to a bible meant people were able to read and develop their own thoughts on it, without having the pope interpret it for them. Also, Protestant thinkers were able to spread their ideas with the use of the printing press. Without this, there would be no way for others to hear the thoughts and opinions of

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