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Martin Luther and the Origins of Protestant Christianity

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Five hundred years ago, one man forever changed the face of Christianity - and the Western world - as we know it. In this course, award-winning teacher Prof. David Zachariah Flanagin (PhD, University of Chicago) uncovers fascinating new insights into Martin Luther and the movement he catalyzed.

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a German monk and theologian, issued his Ninety-Five Theses against indulgences. Like a pebble starting a landslide, this event triggered a wave of change across Europe.

Now, Martin Luther and the Origins of Protestant Christianity delves into Luther's life, late-medieval theology and politics, and the ideas that sparked a revolution. Presented with an ecumenical perspective, Prof. Flanagin's course is enlightening and entertaining.

Although he remains the most famous figure, Luther was by no means the first or last Christian reformer. Understanding his unique importance thus requires situating him in the context of the larger story of church reform. You'll begin this course by considering the background that led Luther to promulgate the Ninety-Five Theses.

Next, you'll turn to the three theological pillars of Luther's thought and the Protestant tradition: justification by grace through faith alone, sola Scriptura ("Scripture alone"), and the priesthood of all believers. After gaining a deep understanding of these concepts, you'll see how they differ from Catholic ideas. Finally, you'll explore the conflicts among various reformers that were often just as contentious as those between Catholics and Protestants.

As you explore Luther's context and ideas, you will transform your understanding of Western history.

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