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Martin Luther

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Definition German theologian who led the Reformation and deeply influenced the doctrines of Lutheran, Protestant and other Christian traditions with his belief that salvation comes from personal faith (not deeds) and does not require mediation from the church (1483-1546)
  • Martin Luther was dismayed at atrocities committed in his name during the Peasants'  War.
  • On one side of the table stood the combined powers of Europe; on the other stood Martin Luther, the son of a blacksmith.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • ] [Footnote 188: Martin Luther (1483-1546) preached against certain abuses of the Roman Catholic Church and was excommunicated by the Pope.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The condemned men were singing a hymn by Martin Luther.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • Was not Martin Luther an extremist: "Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God."
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • Nor was Wesley a great theologian, in the tradition of, say, John Calvin or Martin Luther.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Martin Luther was nailed to the church door at Wittenburg for selling papal indulgences.
    Richard Lederer  --  A Brief History of the World
  • Yes, Martin Luther was important, but he was not the only reformer.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • You can see the signatures of Martin Luther, and Martin Bucer, and Zwingli, and Ludwig the Courageous....
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Darwin has no more destroyed the style of Job nor of Handel than Martin Luther destroyed the style of Giotto.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • One time on maneuvers Billy was playing 'A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,' with music by Johann Sebastian Bach and words by Martin Luther.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • It was Raphael, however, who made them famous, in his painting of Pope Leo the Tenth, the four-eyed son of Lorenzo de Medici, the one who expelled Martin Luther.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Martin Luther deleted the Apocrypha from the Reformation's Bible and later Calvin declared that the Apocrypha absolutely must not serve as the basis for convictions in matters of faith.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • ...essays I had read in college)—this man who possessed so many literary references and allusions, both classical and modern, and who within the space of an hour could, with no gratuitous strain, weave together Lytton Strachey, Alice in Wonderland, Martin Luther's early celibacy, A Midsummer Night's Dream and the mating habits of the Sumatran orangutan into a little jewel box of a beguiling lecture which facetiously but with a serious overtone explored the intertwined nature of sexual...
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Like anyone else, [Martin Luther] King must have been afraid of dying, yet .... he radiated a deep calm and peace.
    Misty Bernall  --  She Said Yes
  • Martin Luther...
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • The next name was Martin Luther King Jr. I had never seen his face before, or heard his name, and it was several minutes before I understood that Dr. Kimball didn't mean Martin Luther, who I had heard of.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated

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