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How, exactly was Martin Luther a revolutionary? How exactly was he a conservative? Out of these two websites:

1). http://projects.ecfs.org/eih/documents/LutherAdmon.html

    2). http://pages.uoregon.edu/dluebke/Reformations441/LutherMarriage.htm

I need to write a substantial amount of data. I have written the following:

Martin Luther – Conservative, Revolutionary And/Or Both

Martin Luther was in fact, both, a conservative and revolutionary. His idea of the justification of faith alone has revolutionized the way common people think about religion. It was Luther who conceptually activated the Protestant Reformation and stirred the doctrines of other Christian and Protestant traditions. More to the point, however, no major historical figure, such as Luther, finds complete new ground. For example as Mullett states, “all great men and women build on foundations laid by predecessors” (Mullett, 39). This is indicative of Martin Luther and works in a way that changes the course of human history,

Let us now turn to Luther’s 95 Theses. Luther’s 95 Theses was pinned to the Baptistery doors of the Castile in Wittenberg on Halloween of 1517. His statement directly accused the Roman Catholic Church of heresy. It was this that defines Martin Luther to be a conservative.

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses was viewed by Pope Leo X as heretical. At his trial Emperor Charles V presented Luther with a cluttered table of Luther’s supposedly heretical writings. Luther asked for more time to think about his upcoming answer. In response, Pope Leo X granted Luther a second day of preponderance. During this time Luther prayed and nearly drove himself mad before the next hearing. Finally, the time had come and Luther had answered, “Unless I am convinced by proofs from Scriptures or by plain and clear reasons and arguments, I can and will not retract, for it is neither safe nor wise to do anything against conscience. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen." Martin Luther, and his writings, as issued by Emperor Pope Leo X issued at his Edict of Worms declared Martin Luther as an outlaw. He was able to keep his life.

and was advised to be clearer in the introductory paragraph about how Luther can be considered a conservative because simply building on the thinking of others who came before one does not make one a conservative (the quote by Mullett).

With the sources above, how can I add a sentence or two that spells out the argument, that Luther was a conservative, revolutionary and/or both?

More fundementally, how can I set up an outline to write a good paper?

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closed as too broad by Pieter Geerkens, Samuel Russell, DVK, American Luke, Lennart Regebro Nov 30 '13 at 15:49

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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I'm not sure this is a good fit for H:SE. Any answer is equally valid, and no answer can be used by anyone other than the OP. Although not phrased as such, I think this is a request to participate in a discussion. I'm not sure how to edit the question to help. Perhaps "What are the conservative elements in Martin Luther's writings?" –  Mark C. Wallace Nov 30 '13 at 12:27
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Cudos for doing your homework before asking for help (that's impressive and pretty rare) but this isn't really "correctly" answerable, which is what StackExchange is geared towards. If you can re-work it to ask if there are citations showing that Luther wanted to preserve the status quo (a quintessential definition of "conservative" when opposed to "revolutionary") it'd be a lot more answerable. –  DVK Nov 30 '13 at 13:30
    
Yeah, sorry, this question needs a dissertation as an answer. –  Lennart Regebro Nov 30 '13 at 15:50

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