Faces of the Reformation conclude with Martin Luther in latest years

Condemned as an outlaw by the emperor following the Diet of Worms, Martin Luther returned to Wittenberg in 1522, where he remained for the duration of his life, filling the role of an administrator of a new church.

Due to his reforms, he became internationally known and was looked to for guidance.

During this period, he developed many of his mature doctrines to respond to new ideas about the Lord’s Supper and good works. He also faced challenges posed by the Peasants’ Revolt and civil disobedience. Furthermore, he empowered the laity to be active participants in theological discussion and encouraged them to read the Scriptures themselves along with his catechisms.

During these years, Luther continually defended himself both against Roman opponents and also against other reformers who did not think his reforms had gone far enough. Due to this battle on two fronts as well as his failing health, Luther became harsher in his rhetoric in his later years.

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