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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2001 with 61 to follow.
By United Press International

Of Human Interest: News-lite

HE'S OUR HERO
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

SYSTEM OF A DOWN
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Sermon of the week: Finding a gracious God

(In this 30th installment of the UPI series of sermons, UPI religion correspondent Uwe Siemon-Netto, a Lutheran lay theologian, reflects on Luther's search for
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Correspondent

Rosa Parks' bus auctioned for $492,000

OAK BROOK, Ill., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The Montgomery, Ala., city bus Rosa Parks rode when she refused to give up her seat to a white man 45 years ago, giving birth to the modern civil rights movemen
AL SWANSON, Midwest Regional Correspondent

Of Human Interest: News-lite

TV PSYCHIC PLANS TO REACH OUT TO SEPT. 11 VICTIMS
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

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COLTRANE LEGACY KEPT ALIVE

A Blast From The Past

Today is Oct. 29.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Just war doctrine on the wane?

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The traditional Christian doctrine of the "just war" is to be on the wane, a senior officer of the World Council of Churches suggested Monday as he severely cri
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Correspondent

Faith: The evil of closed systems

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- What do Al-Qaida and the Taliban have in common with godless ideologies such as Communism and Hitler's National Socialism?
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Correspondent

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2001 with 78 to follow.
By United Press International

Faith: The hitch with recognizing evil

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- So now the incurably anti-American demonstrators have taken to the streets again -- in the Far East, the Middle East and even in parts of Europe.
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI religion correspondent
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Martin Luther
Anthony Bell walks by with large Martin Luther King Jr. buttons attached to his coat during the Martin Luther King Day march in downtown St. Louis on January 21, 2008. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German priest and professor of theology who initiated the Protestant Reformation. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment of sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the emperor.

Luther taught that salvation is not earned by good deeds but received only as a free gift of God's grace through faith in Jesus as redeemer from sin. His theology challenged the authority of the pope of the Roman Catholic Church by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. Those who identify with Luther's teachings are called Lutherans.

His translation of the Bible into the language of the people (instead of Latin) made it more accessible, causing a tremendous impact on the church and on German culture. It fostered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation, and influenced the translation into English of the King James Bible. His hymns influenced the development of singing in churches. His marriage to Katharina von Bora set a model for the practice of clerical marriage, allowing Protestant priests to marry.

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