In 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther challenged the Catholic Church by composing the 95 Theses. In his 95 theses, Luther took issue with the direction of the Catholic Church, particularly with the sale of indulgences in order to forgive sins. One could simply have their sins forgiven through the purchase of indulgences from the Catholic Church. The process of purchasing indulgences had become extremely corrupt, a point which Luther intended to attack. Luther also argued that the Bible was the central religious authority, not the Pope or any other man. In his theses, Luther also brought into question the wealth of those in the leadership of the Catholic Church, as well as their motivations for serving the Church.
Some of the most influential theses included in Martin Luther's criticism included the following:
32. Those who believe that they can be certain of...
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