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Lu·ther

 (lo͞o′thər), Martin 1483-1546.
German theologian and leader of the Reformation. His opposition to the corruption of the papacy and his belief in salvation through faith alone caused his excommunication from the Catholic Church (1521). His theological writings, reformation of liturgy, and German translation of the Bible (1534) resulted in the establishment of the Lutheran Church.
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Luther

(ˈluːθə)
n
(Biography) Martin. 1483–1546, German leader of the Protestant Reformation. As professor of biblical theology at Wittenberg University from 1511, he began preaching the crucial doctrine of justification by faith rather than by works, and in 1517 he nailed 95 theses to the church door at Wittenberg, attacking Tetzel's sale of indulgences. He was excommunicated and outlawed by the Diet of Worms (1521) as a result of his refusal to recant, but he was protected in Wartburg Castle by Frederick III of Saxony (1521–22). He translated the Bible into German (1521–34) and approved Melanchthon's Augsburg Confession (1530), defining the basic tenets of Lutheranism
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Lu•ther

(ˈlu θər)

n.
Martin, 1483–1546, German leader of the Protestant Reformation.
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Luther

[ˈluːθəʳ] NLutero
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Luther

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In 1517 Martin Luther, protesting against the unprincipled and flippant practices that were disgracing religion, began the breach between Catholicism, with its insistence on the supremacy of the Church, and Protestantism, asserting the independence of the individual judgment.
Luther's wedding-ring was shown me; also a fork belonging to a time anterior to our era, and an early bookjack.
I had been reading a Life of Luther, lent me by our parson, in the intervals between looking round me and being happy.
Deeds of violence, brutalities, contusions, fractures; this is the work of the revolutions from Luther to Mirabeau.
We learn that Luther had a hot temper and said such and such things; we learn that Rousseau was suspicious and wrote such and such books; but we do not learn why after the Reformation the peoples massacred one another, nor why during the French Revolution they guillotined one another.
How many times in the history of the world has the Luther of the day had to lament the decay of piety in his own household!
Luther, according to the scandal of his monkish enemies, was a brat of that hellish breed; nor was Pearl the only child to whom this inauspicious origin was assigned among the New England Puritans.
Just so, too, Jacobus Hugo has satisfied himself that, by Euenis, Homer meant to insinuate John Calvin; by Antinous, Martin Luther; by the Lotophagi, Protestants in general; and, by the Harpies, the Dutch.
A spiritual descendant in the direct line from Wycliff, Huss, Luther, Calvin; an Evangelical of the Evangelicals, a Conversionist, a man of Apostolic simplicity in life and thought, he had in his raw youth made up his mind once for all in the deeper questions of existence, and admitted no further reasoning on them thenceforward.
Cornelia, will you ever forget the one when old Luther Burns got up and made a speech?
Martin Luther translated twenty of these fables, and was urged by Melancthon to complete the whole; while Gottfried Arnold, the celebrated Lutheran theologian, and librarian to Frederick I, king of Prussia, mentions that the great Reformer valued the Fables of Aesop next after the Holy Scriptures.
He could not sing any of the words of Luther's great hymn, but he opened his mouth and emitted loud, deep, and partially harmonious notes....