This Week in Christian History: Dante Exiled, Pastor Murdered, Martin Luther's Birthday

Martin Luther Is Born — November 10, 1483

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German theologian and religious reformer Martin Luther.

This week marks the anniversary of the birth of the Augustinian monk whose 95 theses would impact world history and theology in ways few documents have.

Martin Luther was born to Hans and Margarette Luther, a peasant family. His father was a miner who wanted Martin to become a lawyer and was disappointed when Martin opted to become a monk instead.

When assessing Luther's influence, Ligonier Ministries scholar Derek Thomas declared that the Reformer "gave us back the Gospel."

"He rediscovered it. And rediscovered it in such a dramatic and personal way. Almost reflecting the very way the Apostle Paul had discovered the Gospel," said Thomas at a Reformation anniversary celebration event on Oct. 30.

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