Martin Luther - Our Great Reformer
Martin Luther was a first a monk and then a Catholic priest who wanted to debate the Church about certain religious practices with which he could find no basis in the Holy Bible. He famously nailed 95 theses to the church door at Whittenberg Cathedral, which at the time served as the community bulletin board. This event on October 31, 1517 marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, due largely to the Roman church’s refusal to debate the important issues Martin Luther raised for debate.
More details about the Life of Martin Luther can be found online at:
- https://www.history.com/topics/religion/martin-luther-and-the-95-theses . Below are some photos of Martin Luther and his family and friends for you to enjoy. The portraits where painted during Luther’s lifetime by his artist friend Lucas Cranach the Elder.
Martin Luther as an Augustinian monk painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder in the 1500s.
Martin Luther as Prince George, his alias while in hiding, painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder in the 1500s.
Martin Luther and his wife Katherina Von Bora Luther painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder in the 150os.
Parents of Martin Luther painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder in the 1500s.
Martin Luther and his friend Philip Melanchthon.
Luther, (left) and Zwingli, (right) who were both reformers; however, they had different theologies. Martin Luther believed in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, while Zwingli refused to believe Christ is truly present in the Eucharist.