Martin Luther Timeline

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  • 1483 - 1546
    Life of German priest, theologian, and reformer Martin Luther.
  • 1501
    Martin Luther enters the University of Erfurt, studying law, but switches to philosophy.
  • 1505
    Martin Luther drops out of university to become a monk after making a vow to Saint Anne to save him during a storm.
  • 1512
    Martin Luther receives his doctorate in theology and is a member of the faculty of the University at Wittenberg.
  • c. 1513
    Martin Luther is inspired by scripture to claim that faith, not works, justifies one for salvation.
  • 31 Oct 1517 - 1517
    Luther posts his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church.
  • 1521
    Martin Luther is excommunicated as a heretic by the Church.
  • 18 Apr 1521
    Martin Luther refuses to recant at the Diet of Worms, is branded an outlaw.
  • c. 1524
    The Dutch Renaissance scholar Desiderius Erasmus publishes his De Libero Animo, an argument on free will directed against Martin Luther.
  • 1525
    Martin Luther is married to former nun Katharina von Bora.
  • 1534
    Martin Luther publishes the complete Bible in German which becomes a best-seller.
  • 1546
    Martin Luther dies of a stroke at his hometown of Eisleben.