Lead: In late October 1517 at Wittenberg in Germany a college instructor posted 95 proposals or thesis on the University bulletin board. The comfortable unity of Christian Europe was at an end.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Martin Luther was a monk, a member of the Augustinian order of Roman Catholic Church. The son of a prosperous peasant turned miner, he had received a university education. Luther was brilliant, sensitive, deeply dedicated to his studies as well as his calling. Yet, what he later described as a series of spiritual crises, led him first into the regular priesthood, then to question the very heart of medieval Christianity and, ultimately, to challenge the authority of the Church of his fathers. His struggles, spiritual, intellectual, and political contributed significantly to history’s first ideological revolution, the so-called Protestant Reformation.

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