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This week in Christian history: Martin Luther, Crusades, Black preacher becomes ambassador

This week in Christian history: Martin Luther, Crusades, Black preacher becomes ambassador

Martin Luther vows to become a monk – July 2, 1505

Portrait of Martin Luther, the founder of the Protestant Reformation, by Lucas Cranach the Elder in 1528. | (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

This week marks the anniversary of when Martin Luther, the man who spearheaded the Protestant Reformation, decided to become a monk.

A lawyer by education, Luther was on his way to Erfurt following a visit with family when he was caught in a severe thunderstorm.

“Lightning struck near him and he was thrown to the ground by the air pressure it created. At this moment he called to Saint Anne: ‘I will become a monk!’” explained www.luther.de.

“Luther honored his solemn promise; he had one last party with university friends on July 16 and the next day he entered the Black Monastery in Erfurt to become a monk.”

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