Martin Luther Timeline

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  • Period: Jan 1, 1512 to Dec 31, 1525

    Martin Luther's involvement in the Protestant Reformation

    The timeline outlines Martin Luther's involvment in the Protestant Reforamtion.
  • Oct 19, 1512

    Doctor of theology

    Martin Luther was awarded his Doctor of Theology at the university of Wittenburg after teaching for 3-4 years.
  • Oct 21, 1512

    Doctor in Bible

    Doctor in Bible
    Shortly after being awarded his doctor of theology, Martin Luther was received into the senate of the theological faculty. He was called the "Doctor in Bible" and conitinued teaching at the university of Witttenburg.
  • Jul 1, 1514

    Becoming a Priest

    At age 30, Martin Luther becomes priest for Wittenberg's city church in addition to his other duties at the university.
  • Oct 31, 1517

    The 95 Theses

    The 95 Theses
    Martin Luther was angered by the sales of indlugences and protested by writing 95 Theses. He hung it on the church door in Wittenburg, so that they could disscuss the matter. He also wrote it in German so that the public could read and understand it. Indulgence: A certificate pre-signed by the pope that pardoned all sins, giving someone a free access to heaven.
  • Aug 5, 1518

    Martin Luther a heretic!

    Emporor Maximillion, son and successor of Hoy Roman Emperor Frederick III, denounces Martin Luther as a heretic. Heretic: A professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church.
  • Dec 10, 1520

    Burning papal documents

    Burning papal documents
    In protest, Martin Luther burnt the Exsurge Domine and other papal documents under a large oak (now known as Luther oak) outside the walls of the city in Wittenburg. He also burnt books of the church law and books written by his enemies.
  • Apr 17, 1521

    First hearing of the Diet of Worms

    First hearing of the Diet of Worms
    The first hearing of the Diet of Worms begins. An official of Trier points to a table of books and asks Luther if he is willing to recant. Luther sees that some of the books are his writings on Scripture. Martin Luther refuses to recant and he asks for a recess.
  • Apr 18, 1521

    Second hearing of the Diet of Worms

    During the second hearing of the Diet of Worms, Martin Luther says, "Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason-- I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other-- my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me." He did not recant and the following day the emperor sides with rome and allows Luther a few more days to recant.
  • May 4, 1521

    Returning from Worms

    After the dismissal of the Diet of Worms, on April 25th, on his way home from Worms, Martin Luther is captured by "bandits". Although, Luther knew about the capture beforehand. Martin Luther is taken safely into Wartburg, where the ruse allows Frederick to escape charges of harboring a heretic.
  • May 26, 1521

    Ban of the Empire

    Edict of Worms is signed by the emperor and issued. It formally condemns Luther's teachings and places him under the ban of the Empire.
  • Sep 21, 1522

    Translation of the Bible

    Translation of the Bible
    Martin Luther publishes the New Testament of the bible in German. It is a major event that Luther has done, as it allows the public to read the bible instead of listening to the priests read it in Latin. It confirms the fact the priests have been reading the bible correctly, not teaching them the wrong beliefs. Luther also included in his introduction to the book of Romans, a classic definition of faith.
  • Dec 25, 1525

    German Mass

    Martin Luther starts using the german mass. This makes it more convinient and allows the public to clearly understand the messages from God.