Martin Luther What were some short term effects, and long term effects of what he did?

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The long term effects of Martin Luther's actions were to creae a schism in the church. It was like opening the door. Since then, religion has been more fluid in the sense that there are many different factions and even knew religions, based on religious and political interpretation.

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By introducing the Protestant Reformation, he gave English King Henry VIII the means to find an acceptable heir.  By establishing the Church of England, of which he, of course, was head, he combined religious and political authority and therefore could grant himself divorces, and continue to have liaisons until he got the male heir he desired.

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Luther's rebellion against the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church effected some reform regarding the granting of indulgences and other areas of corruption in Catholicism.  Of course, with the splintering of Christianity into various sects, there were many repercussions. Evangelical sects began to form after the Protestant Reformation, and countries such as France and England were fraught with religious conflicts as the radical Hugenots and the Anabaptists were in conflict with the ruling Catholics and the Anglicans.

The long term effects of the Protestant Reformation have been religious and political, indeed.  One only needs to look at the history of Ireland, once a Roman Catholic country unified, but when the Protestant English came in and dominated, there were longlasting conflicts between Irish Catholics and their oppressors. 

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By breaking with the Catholic Church, Luther helped encourage others to do so, leading eventually to a proliferation of many different Protestant sects. Protestants also began to break with other Protestants, leading ultimately to the vast religious pluralism that exists today among many...

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Martin Luther a German priest,professor of theology and iconic figure of the Protestant Reformation.[1] He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money.Luther taught that salvation is not earned by good deeds but received only as a free gift of God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin.His theology challenged the authority of the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge[2]and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood.[3]Those who identify with Luther's teachings are called Lutherans.

His translation of the Bible into the language of the people made it more accessible, causing a tremendous impact on the church and on German culture. t fostered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation,[4]and influenced the translation into English of the King James Bible.[5]His hymns influenced the development of singing in churches.[6]His marriage to Katharina von Bora set a model for the practice of clerical marriage, allowing Protestant priests to marry.[7]

Luther became increasingly antisemitic, writing that Jewish homes should be destroyed,their synagogues burned,money confiscated and liberty curtailed.These statements have contributed to his controversial status.[8]

 

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