When Martin Luther was born in 1483 in the small town of Eisleben, Germany no one knew how he would change the world as an adult. As a young man Luther was sent to boarding schools where he became educated in Latin, theology, church doctrine, etc. After he completed education at his boarding school he went to the University of Efurt where he received a Masters in Theology. After he graduated, he was caught outside in a terrible storm and he prayed that if God saw his though the storm he would become a monk. Luther made it through the storm and later took a monastic life. In 1507 he was ordained as a priest and in 1512 he finished his doctoral studies. As a monk he focused on studying the bible. In his studies he realized that the church’s teachings did not match up with the teachings of the bible. He also did not agree with the sale of indulgences, at is the exchange of money for the expungement of sin, in a form of repentance. Luther’s first thesis of his 95 was: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, "Repent" (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” This was a direct attack on the sale of indulgences. In 1517 he brought forth 95 theses, or grievances, he had against the central church. After the 95 theses a movement known as the Reformation started. The Reformation was focused on changing unfair and unrighteous parts of the church like the sale of indulgences. When the church in Rome heard of Luther’s grievances they were frighten that they may loose power, he was told to retract them on threat of excommunication. In 1521 he was finally excommunicated. But instead of stifling the Reformation movement that Luther had started, it only urged him onward. One of his largest accomplishments was his translating the New Testament, in 1521, from Latin to German, which was unheard of until then. This translation allowed people to read the bible for themselves and not just believe whatever the church told them to believe. With help from Germen royalty and Gutenberg’s printing press, his ideas spread through publications such as books and pamphlets. Some of Luther’s works include: Luther’s Small Catechism, Luther’s Large Catechism, The Bondage of Will, On the Freedom of a Christian, Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation, and The Babylonian Captivity of the Church. In all Luther wrote and published over 100 publications. When Martin Luther died in 1546 he had started a movement that could not be stopped and Protestantism was born. Protestantism is now a major group of Christian denominations and all Protestants can trace their roots back to Martin Luther.