Lead: In 1517 when Martin Luther began to attack certain important church teachings, he received strong support from many important European thinkers. At least for a while.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Luther was not alone in his critique of the church. Many sensitive scholars, both in and out of the church hierarchy, particularly those known as humanists, were concerned over what they considered to gross abuses of power. Immoral clergymen, church officials who held multiple positions thus reaping the rich tithes of the faithful, the blatant sale of church offices, extravagant expenditures such as the magnificent Renaissance Cathedral of St. Peter’s at the Vatican in Rome. Luther shared with humanist scholars such as Erasmus of Rotterdam and Sir Thomas More great dissatisfaction with the church, but Luther went further. They attacked what they called corrupt practices of the church, he attacked the beliefs of the church.

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