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  • Why Did God Kill Onan? Luther, Calvin, Wesley, C.S. Lewis, & Others on Contraception

    10/26/2014 8:08:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 184 replies
    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism ^ | Monday, February 09, 2004 | Dave Armstrong
    Why Did God Kill Onan? Luther, Calvin, Wesley, C.S. Lewis, & Others on Contraception Genesis 38:9-10: “But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife he spilled the semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother. 10 And what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him also.” It is an historical fact that no Christian communion sanctioned contraception until the Anglican Lambeth Conference in 1930. Protestant historian Roland Bainton states casually that the Church “very early forbade contraception”...
  • 500 Years of Chaos: Protestantisms Anniversary

    06/08/2014 1:59:17 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 682 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 7 June 2014 | Philipp Rogall
    In 2017, we will witness the 500th anniversary of one of the most important, influential and regrettable events in Church history: the Protestant Reformation, or the Protestant Rebellion, as some prefer to call it. Indeed, the latter term would suit me better, too. But, being German, I am used to the former expression and should I ever refer to said event as die protestantische Rebellion, people would think me some sort of radical. On that thought, perhaps it is worth noting that rebels are often quite radical themselves, which is one thing we can definitely say of the so-called "Reformers"....
  • Martin Luther and Supersessionism

    06/01/2014 1:00:10 PM PDT · by wmfights · 17 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael Vlach
    Martin Luthers views concerning the Jews and Judaism have been the subject of much debate. According to Hans J. Hillerbrand, There is scholarly agreement that the early Luther spoke thoughtfully and positively about Jews.[1] Luther (14831546) prayed for the Jews and called for their friendly treatment.[2] He said, We ought, therefore, not to treat the Jews in so unkindly a spirit, for there are future Christians among them, and they are turning every day.[3] Luther also held to a special distinction for the Jews in Gods plan: Moreover, they alone, and not we Gentiles, have this promise, that there shall...
  • The Trouble With Luther

    12/18/2013 8:35:23 AM PST · by GonzoII · 59 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | October 17, 2013 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Luther It is no secret that Martin Luther eliminated all works as having anything to do with our justification/salvation. In what most call his “greatest work,” The Bondage of the Will, Luther commented on St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans:The assertion that justification is free to all that are justified leaves none to work, merit or prepare themselves… For if we are justified without works, all works are condemned, whether small or great; Paul exempts none, but thunders impartially against all.Paul’s point in saying justification is a free gift was not to eliminate works as necessary for...
  • Birth Control

    12/13/2013 7:14:49 PM PST · by narses · 40 replies
    In 1968, Pope Paul VI issued his landmark encyclical letter Humanae Vitae (Latin, "Human Life"), which reemphasized the Churchs constant teaching that it is always intrinsically wrong to use contraception to prevent new human beings from coming into existence. Contraception is "any action which, either in anticipation of the conjugal act [sexual intercourse], or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible" (Humanae Vitae 14). This includes sterilization, condoms and other barrier methods, spermicides, coitus interruptus (withdrawal method), the Pill, and all other such...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Luther" (2003)

    10/27/2013 12:37:49 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2003 | Eric Till
  • Corrections and Errors

    07/15/2013 10:44:07 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Patheos ^ | July 15, 2013 | Philip Jenkins
    In a recent post on the Synod of Diamper (1599), I described how European Catholics tried to force Indian Christians into conformity with their ways. This Indian church, the Thomas Christians, had been founded in the second century (conceivably before), and throughout the Middle Ages its connections had been with the Church of the East, based in Iraq, so it had never had been subject to Catholic or Orthodox authority. In light of this, it is fascinating to see what the Bible of this truly ancient church looked like in 1599, and how it diverged from the versions known to...
  • + The Reformations Evangelical Sola Scriptura + [Today is Reformation Day] [Reformed Caucus]

    10/31/2012 11:55:17 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    Steadfast Lutherans ^ | October 31st, 2012 | Robert Paul
    Below is a set of theses from the late Dr. Marquart, posted here in honor of the Reformation. Originally written for class and perhaps a conference, they speak of what exactly Sola Scriptura means and what it means for the church. Blessed Festival of the Reformation! Verbum domini manet in aeternum. The two focal points of the Reformation conflict were the Gospel’s core content (justification) and the Gospel’s authority (Scripture alone—sola scriptura).“Sola scriptura” means to assert the sole authority of Christ over His church, to the exclusion of all other powers and authorities. IESOUS KYRIOS (Jesus is Lord, I Cor....
  • A New Reformation to Counter-Attack the Great Gates of Hell?

    10/31/2012 9:16:53 AM PDT · by juliosevero
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    A New Reformation to Counter-Attack the Great Gates of Hell? Martin Luther warns modern-day parents By Julio Severo Upon signing the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Adams stated: This day, I trust, the reign of political Protestantism will commence. The 56 signers were mostly Protestant. According to New York University Professor Emeritus Patricia Bonomi: The colonists were about 98 percent Protestant. British Statesman Edmund Burke addressed Parliament, 1775: All Protestantism is a sort of dissent. But the religion most prevalent in our Northern Colonies is a refinement on the principle of resistance; it is the dissidence of dissent, and the...
  • Monday music-The Reformation Polka X2

    10/31/2012 4:13:16 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    Biblical Christianity ^ | 10-29-12 | Dan Phillips
    I hope your church is celebrating the Reformation this Wednesday in some joyous, contentful way. If so, surely you'll be singing....
  • "A Lonely Monk, Now Long Ago" (Sermon and hymn for Reformation Day, on Psalm 119:46)

    10/25/2012 1:01:08 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 28, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    A Lonely Monk, Now Long Ago (Psalm 119:46)A Lonely Monk, Now Long Ago A lonely monk, now long ago, Nailed truth upon a door; The echoes of that hammer blow Rang out to many more. And when he spoke his Here I stand, Although he could be slain, Throughout the realm a growing band Soon followed in his train. Confessors, princes, duty bound, To Augsburg bold they came; Before the king they stood their ground And were not put to shame. Their good confession made that day Proved not to be in vain; Gird us their sons, Lord, that we...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Martin Luther" (1953)

    10/28/2012 1:00:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1953 | Irving Pichel
    In honor of today being Reformation Sunday, this week's feature is "Martin Luther" (1953), an independent film produced by the Lutheran Church about the founder of the Reformation.
  • An Open Letter to the Democratic Party

    03/13/2008 11:14:58 AM PDT · by coffee260 · 29 replies · 1,314+ views
    Lincoln Heritage Institute ^ | 03/13/2008 | Lt. Colonel Frances Rice
    An Open Letter to the Democratic PartyBy Lt. Colonel Frances Rice,U.S. Army Retired: Contributor to the LHI "We, African American citizens of the United States, declare and assert: Whereas in the early 1600's 20 African men and women were landed in Virginia from a Dutch ship as slaves and from that tiny seed grew the poisoned fruit of plantation slavery which shaped the course of American development, Whereas reconciliation and healing always begin with an apology and an effort to repay those who have been wronged, Whereas the Democratic Party has never apologized for their horrific atrocities and racist practices...
  • Common Threads between Islam and Mormonism

    11/30/2011 7:16:29 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 41 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-28-11 | Dr, Michael Youssef
    A number of years ago, I was on Larry King Live and was asked point blank if I had a problem with the appointments of Justices Roberts and Alito (both areRoman Catholics). My answer was very clear that I did not, as long as they shared my own conviction of upholding the Constitution - not trying to rewrite it - and as long as they were committed to the biblical values of the Founding Fathers. I was certain that both men were. Many people today are quoting a statement reputedly made by Martin Luther, the great reformer, that he "would...
  • Christ Vs. Moralism

    11/08/2011 5:58:15 PM PST · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Monergism.Com ^ | John Hendryx
    Death is the wages of sin (Rom 6:23) and Jesus Christ had none (Heb 4:15; 1 Pet 2:22; 1 John 3:5; 2 Cor 5:21). Death, therefore, had no rightful claim on Him thus Jesus died an unnatural death. This means that Jesus, the true remnant of Israel, alone fulfilled the covenant from our side, pleasing God. And all who are united to Him share in His distinction that death has no rightful claim on them (6:23b). So Jesus alone is our focus, our religion, our righteousness. Yet we still, as Christians often get caught up in our own spirituality. That...
  • The Errors of Martin Luther's German Bible

    11/01/2011 6:08:48 PM PDT · by rzman21 · 488 replies
    Sola Scriptura or Prima Luther? What Did Martin Luther Really Believe About the Bible? By COGwriter Most people realize that the Living Church of God (or any of the true Churches of God) cannot be part of the Roman Catholic Church. However, some do not realize that the Living Church of God is not part of the Protestant reformation movement led by Martin Luther (our history predates Luther, and the actual Roman Catholic Church for that matter, please see the History of Early Christianity). Regarding the Bible, the Living Church of God believes that "All Scripture is given by inspiration...
  • The Reformation Polka

    10/31/2011 8:46:10 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Godtube.com ^ | Robert Gebel
    When I was ein younger man I studied canon law; though Erfurt was a challenge it was just to please my pa. Then came the storm, the lightning struck; I called upon Saint Anne: I shaved my head, I took my vows an Augustinian. Refrain: Papal bulls, indulgences and transubstantiation: speak your mind against them and face excommunication. Nail your theses to the door, lets start a reformation, papal bulls, indulgences and transubstantiation. When Tetzel came near Wittenberg, St Peters profits soared, so I wrote a little message for the All Saints bulletin board; you cannot purchase merit for...
  • Luther & the Reformation

    10/31/2011 1:04:53 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 61 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | 10/31/2011 | R.C. Sproul
    On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther tacked up 95 theses on the church door at Wittenberg. With this act, he hoped to provoke a discussion among the scholars about the abuses of the indulgences by the Roman Catholic Church. He was not trying to create a public furor by any means, but within a fortnight, these theses had spread through the country like wildfire. The last thing Luther had in mind was to start some kind of major controversy, but nevertheless major controversy did begin. From the discussions at Wittenberg, the disputations began to accelerate and escalate. Copies of the...
  • Trick or Treat? It's Martin Luther

    10/31/2011 2:02:29 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    Desiring God ^ | 10-31-2011 | David Mathis
    It was 494 years today that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. He wanted to debate the sale of indulgences with his fellow university professors. He wrote in Latin, but a nameless visionary translated the theses into German, carried them to the printing press, and enabled their dispersion far and wide. Luther ended up with more than he bargained for, but he proved to be no coward in defending the discoveries he was making in Scripture. When the Roman church wouldnt serve him the treat of sufficiently addressing his concerns, he was consigned to...
  • On What the Pope Said in Germany (Regarding Martin Luther's "Burning" Question)

    10/31/2011 10:34:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Ignatius Insight Scoop ^ | 10/27/2011 | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.,
    I. The homilies and lectures that the Holy Father gave in his third visit to Germany in September are, as we might expect, outstanding. In his recent provocative book, It's Not the End of the World, It's Just the End of You: The Great Extinction of the Nations, David Goldman wrote that Benedict XVI ranks by my reckoning as the best mind on the planet. Surely this reckoning is right, Who is to compete with him? But what is especially remarkable about Benedict XVI is the ease and care with which he can illuminate overall things in brief discourses.As an...
  • The Protest of a Protestant Minister Against Birth Control

    06/09/2010 7:16:01 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 9 replies · 31+ views
    Mercy Seat Christian Church ^ | Rev. Matthew Trewhella
    The Protest of a Protestant Minister Against Birth Control by Rev. Matthew Trewhella Sunlight was just beginning to break over the darkness of the morning as my wife and I headed toward the entrance of the cold brick-faced building. Fear and apprehension gripped me each step of the way. A thousand questions and thoughts raced through my mind. "How much pain will there be? Why the heck did I ever do this in the first place? Maybe I should just leave." As I entered the door, I figured these were my last moments to bolt and run. I thought back...
  • The Washington Post on the evil of contraception

    10/23/2010 1:50:52 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 196 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post | March 22, 1931 | Editors
    Until the Anglican Lambeth Conference of 1930 no Christian denomination had ever said that contraception could ever be objectively right. The Washington Post, in an editorial on March 22, 1931, said of the Federal Council of Churches' endorsement of Lambeth: It is impossible to reconcile the doctrine of the divine institution of marriage with any modernistic plan for the mechanical regulation of or suppression of human life. The Church must either reject the plain teachings of the Bible or reject schemes for the scientific production of human souls. Carried to its logical conclusion, the committees report, if carried into...
  • Pope Recommends Bible For Vacation Reading

    08/08/2011 8:37:22 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 17 replies
    EWTN ^ | August 3, 2011
    Pope Benedict XVI has urged Catholics to read the Bible while on vacation, particularly the lesser known books of sacred scripture."This seems to be a good thing to do on the holidays: take a book of the Bible, so you have some relaxation and, at the same time, enter into the great expanse of ​​the Word of God and deepen our contact with the Eternal," said the Pope in his Wednesday General Audience address at his holiday residence of Castle Gandolfo, 15 miles south of Rome, Aug. 3. Pope Benedict noted how "each of us needs time and space...
  • That Martin Luther? He wasnt so bad, says Pope Benedict

    08/02/2011 8:54:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    Times Online ^ | 03/2008 | Richard Owen in Rome
    Pope Benedict XVI is to rehabilitate Martin Luther, arguing that he did not intend to split Christianity but only to purge the Church of corrupt practices. Pope Benedict will issue his findings on Luther (1483-1546) in September after discussing him at his annual seminar of 40 fellow theologians known as the Ratzinger Schlerkreis at Castelgandolfo, the papal summer residence. According to Vatican insiders the Pope will argue that Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy, was not a heretic. Cardinal Walter Kasper, the head of the pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said the move would help...
  • Did Martin Luther Act Infallibly in Defining What Books Belong in the Bible?

    01/23/2011 5:12:54 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 455 replies
    Self | January 2011 | Aquinasfan
    Did Martin Luther Act Infallibly in Defining What Books Belong in the Bible? If Luther did not act infallibly: - How can Protestants be certain that they have an infallible collection of Books in Holy Scripture? - How can the Bible be the sole rule of faith, if no one knows with certainty which books belong in the Bible? If Luther acted infallibly: - How do you know?
  • Acton Institute Partners with Refo500

    01/04/2011 6:49:44 AM PST · by Alex Murphy
    Earned Media ^ | Jan. 3, 2011 | John Couretas
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 3, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty is joining forces with Refo500, a project that aims to bring international attention to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Leading up to the anniversary in 2017 of Martin Luther's posting of his "Ninety-Five Theses," Refo500 is engaging with a variety of partner organizations to promote the importance of the Reformation period and its relevance for today's world. "Refo500 has the potential to help Acton bring its message about the relationship between faith and freedom to a broad and diverse audience...
  • Islamists Know a Western Civilization Secret: Progress Makes Religion Decline

    11/30/2010 8:17:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/30/2010 | Barry Rubin
    The motive to reform Islam from within is weaker than the motive of those like Martin Luther, as Islamists can point to the decline of Christian belief and assume the same would happen to Islam. It had not occurred to Protestant theologians who had been trying to liberalize and modernize Christianity that they were thus undermining the very religion they were seeking to buttress scientifically When the protective covering [of faith] is removed, no one should any longer be surprised to see [Christianity] quickly dry up. Curtis Cate, from Friedrich Nietzsche. When the 21-year-old Friedrich Nietzsche, who...
  • Facing Lutheranism's Crisis of Authority

    09/08/2010 12:20:04 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 9/8/10 | David Neff
    Almost everyone knows Martin Luther's famous defense before the Diet of Worms: "Here I stand, I can do no other. God help me. Amen." Not as many people can quote what he said just before that. "Unless I am convinced by proofs from Scriptures or by plain and clear reasons and arguments, I cannot and will not retract." That quotation sums up the way the Lutheran movement began: as a demand for the church to operate under Scriptural authority. When the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America passed its social statement on sexuality last summer, approving of gay unions and gay...
  • Arenas of service A return to Luthers doctrine of vocation: being more effective salt and light]

    08/22/2010 3:02:03 PM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies
    WORLD ^ | Aug. 28, 2010 | Gene Edward Veith
    Some early church fathers co-opted pagan holidays and turned them into Christian celebrations. Labor Day is ripe for a Christian takeover. A day that had its origins in the early struggles of the labor union movement is now little more than the last long weekend of summer vacation, a final time to fire up the grill before the fall grind starts up again. But celebrating the human capacity to work is an occasion to recover one of Christianity's most important, yet nearly forgotten teachings; namely, the doctrine of vocation. Vocation is nothing less than the theology of the Christian life....
  • How the Renaissance Led to the Reformation

    06/13/2010 7:30:19 AM PDT · by FredJake · 13 replies · 304+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 6/13/10 | Chuck Wolk
    (my disclaimer)I do not wish to diminish the contributions of any of the many individuals or events that will be left out of my articles, but in order to be as concise as possible I will inevitably fail to give proper credit to the accomplishments some. I have settled upon the following six areas to cover which I put in five parts. Follow any link to read other parts. Part I -------- An Introduction and Overview of the Renaissance (Just part I is posted, follow the links to read the other four parts) Part II ------- Political and Social...
  • Brother Brigham forces the LDS reader to ponder some uncomfortable thoughts

    04/23/2010 9:33:26 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 321 replies · 1,973+ views
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | April 22, 2010 | Doug Gibson
    One of the quirkiest, and enjoyable edgy Mormon fiction out there remains Brother Brigham, (2007, Zarahemla Books) Its a pity that probably only a few hundred people have read the novel. Utah Author D. Michael Martindales bizarre, at times sexy tale prompts the attentive LDS reader to really wonder if theyre faith is as strong as they might like to think it is. Brother Brigham, set in Salt Lake County, involves Cory Horace C.H. Young, descendent of Brigham Young, married in the temple to Danielle. A BYU marriage dropout with dreams of being a violinist, he works in a bookstore...
  • Don't View Any Period of Church History as Perfect, Nor Any Particular Group of Christians

    03/11/2010 8:46:21 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 30 replies · 464+ views
    Grace Gems ^ | 1998 | Darryl M. Erkel
    1. We must value the spiritual contributions of different men and different periods of time within church history, but never idolize them. 2. We must be willing to look at both the good as well as the faults of our spiritual and theological heroes. 3. We must seek to guard ourselves from the error of a party-spirit as well as from making a virtual pope out of Calvin or Luther something which, by the way, the apostle Paul explicitly told us not to do (1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 3:1-6; 4:1). 4. When we fail to realize the faults of our...
  • Martin Luther King Jr's Niece: Dream Includes Protecting Unborn From Abortion

    01/18/2010 9:31:59 AM PST · by julieee · 2 replies · 254+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | January 18, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Martin Luther King Jr's Niece: Dream Includes Protecting Unborn From Abortion Washington, DC -- On a day when Americans across the country are celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his desire to regard all people as Americans worthy of equal treatment, his niece says King's dream, if announced today, would also include protecting unborn children from abortion. http://www.lifenews.com/nat5888.html
  • Martin Luther: Saint and Sinner, Priest and King

    12/15/2009 2:44:49 PM PST · by the_conscience · 15 replies · 756+ views
    Martin Luther's Freedom of a Christian (1520) was one of the defining documents of the Protestant Reformation, and it remains one of the classic tracts of the Protestant tradition still today.9 Written on the eve of his excommunication from the Church, this was Luther's last ecumenical gesture toward Rome before making his incendiary exit. Much of the tract was written with a quiet gentility and piety that belied the heated polemics of the day and Luther's own ample perils of body and soul. Luther dedicated the tract to Pope Leo X, adorning it with a robust preface addressed to the...
  • The Supremacy of Scripture

    12/10/2009 2:08:47 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 126 replies · 1,385+ views
    Following Judah's Lion ^ | 3/14/09 | Rick Frueh
    When a teacher or preacher speaks of the Supremacy of Scripture he is almost always referring to a doctrine that understands Scripture as the supreme source for truth, and in fact the exclusive source for spiritual truth. In the language of the Reformation it is known as Sola Scriptura, which means that the basis for our beliefs is not tradition or experience or ecclesiastical dictate, it is the written Scriptures alone. And it is true that this doctrine has been eroding and that many religious organizations either completely deny it or dilute its essence. Luther desired nothing but proof from...
  • Lutheranism must triumph!

    11/21/2009 9:42:14 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 54 replies · 1,340+ views
    11/08/2009 | WesternCulture
    When I look at the world of today, I am appalled. Luckily enough, I'm also a Lutheran and know what cure there is. I'll tell you about it. My grandfather was rather "well off". Rich enough to hire people to take care of his summer houses in different parts of the country (Sweden), but instead he chose to work on those estates whenever having a little of time off, not out of a miser's love for money, but because the love of how it feels to be truly independent. Church attendence in my part of the world isn't something you'd...
  • King children return to court in estate dispute

    09/14/2009 8:26:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 649+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 14, 2009 | ERRIN HAINES
    The surviving children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King are back in court, wrangling over their parents' estates. The Rev. Bernice King and Martin Luther King III sued their brother, Dexter King, last year ... A hearing in the case was set Monday morning. Dexter King also sued his sister, who administers their mother's estate. .. including love letters central to a now-defunct $1.4 million book deal.
  • 'Monogamous' Gays Can Serve in ELCA (Largest Lutheran Denomination Split on Divisive Issue)

    08/21/2009 9:13:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies · 1,851+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 8/21/2009 | jacqueline Salmon
    Leaders of the nation's biggest Lutheran denomination voted Friday to allow gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy in the church -- making it one of the largest Christian denominations in the country to significantly open the pulpit to gays. Previously, only celibate gays were permitted to serve as clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a denomination of 4.8 million members. But delegates to a church assembly voted 559-451 to allow gays in "life-long, monogamous" relationships to serve as clergy and professional lay leaders in the church. The vote is the culmination of a years-long process in...
  • Luther vs. Rome

    06/19/2009 10:03:34 PM PDT · by dangus · 303 replies · 3,873+ views
    Praise God, that we are saved by grace alone. Works without faith are utterly without merit. This is not merely a Protestant notion. Such has been the persistent teaching of the saints throughout the ages. Yet a whitewashing of Martin Luther has led to many people, even Catholics, fundamentally misunderstanding the Catholic Church's criticism of him. Please understand that what I write here is no ad-hominem attack on Luther for any purpose, including the slander of Protestantism. Attacking the moral character of Martin Luther is gainless, for no-one supposes Luther to be imbued with the gift of infallibility. But when...
  • In German Birthplace of Reformation, a Revival of Interest

    06/22/2009 7:49:08 PM PDT · by aussiemom · 12 replies · 636+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 18, 2009 | Craig Whitlock
    WITTENBERG, Germany -- Martin Luther, a renegade monk, triggered the Reformation here five centuries ago . . . Today, fewer than one in five people identify themselves as Christian . . . " . . . east Germany is perhaps the most atheistic region in the world" . . . The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the second-largest Lutheran body in the United States, has bought a building next to the old Town Church, where Luther used to preach . . . plans to start a congregation . . . "In east Germany, you actually have to go up to people and...
  • English Standard Version Verse of the Day

    05/17/2009 3:34:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies · 337+ views
    Romans 1:16-17 The Righteous Shall Live by Faith 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith.
  • The Galileo affair: history or heroic hagiography?

    02/19/2009 8:50:01 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 37 replies · 2,462+ views
    CMI ^ | Thomas Schirrmacher
    The Galileo affair: history or heroic hagiography? by Thomas Schirrmacher Summary The 17th century controversy between Galileo and the Vatican is examined. Fifteen theses are advanced, with supporting evidence, to show that the Galileo affair cannot serve as an argument for any position on the relation of religion and science. Contrary to legend, both Galileo and the Copernican system were well regarded by church officials. Galileo was the victim of his own arrogance, the envy of his colleagues and the politics of Pope Urban VIII. He was not accused of criticising the Bible, but disobeying a papal decree...
  • Happy Martin Luther Day

    01/19/2009 8:49:42 AM PST · by A Navy Vet · 23 replies · 326+ views
    http:/myself ^ | 1/19/09 | A Navy Vet
    I highly doubt that Martin Luther King Jr. would want to see such a man that is going to take residence in our Oval Office. He was a man of principle - Obama is not.
  • Martin Luthers Devotion to Mary(Ecumenical)

    11/16/2008 5:21:34 AM PST · by GonzoII · 22 replies · 1,062+ views
    CatholicCulture ^ | April 24, 2003 | by Dave Armstrong
    Martin Luther's Devotion to Mary by Dave Armstrong .. Despite the radicalism of early Protestantism toward many ancient Catholic "distinctives," such as the Communion of the Saints, Penance, Purgatory, Infused Justification, the Papacy, the priesthood, sacramental marriage, etc., it may surprise many to discover that Martin Luther was rather conservative in some of his doctrinal views, such as on baptismal regeneration, the Eucharist, and particularly the Blessed Virgin Mary. Luther indeed was quite devoted to Our Lady, and retained most of the traditional Marian doctrines which were held then and now by the Catholic Church. This is often not well-documented...
  • Martin Luther's Death Mask on View at Museum in Halle, Germany

    11/03/2008 8:58:17 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies · 1,258+ views
    Artdaily.org ^ | November 3, 2008
    HALLE.- Martin Luther's original death mask belongs to the treasures and witnesses from the Reformation that Halle is amply equipped with. In one room of the tower, you can see the death mask of the great reformer, as well as a later plaster cast and a pulpit that stems from Luther's time. Presumably, the mask was created after a plaster cast that had been made by the local painter Lukas Furtenagel on Luther's deathbed in Eisleben on February 19, 1546. As Luther's body had to be taken to Wittenberg for the planned burial, his coffin was placed in the...
  • Midstate Lutherans mark Reformation Sunday

    10/26/2008 7:54:35 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies · 296+ views
    macon,com ^ | Oct. 25, 2008 | Rodney Manley
    Lutherans will celebrate Reformation Sunday this week to recognize Martin Luther, the 16th century monk who launched the Protestant Reformation and helped change the Western world. Macons Lutheran Church of the Redeemer on Pierce Avenue will take communion and hold a gospel processional, in which the Bible in carried into the congregation for special reading. In other words, said pastor Jim Braswell, Its not really that different from any other Sunday. Were a very formal church. Not that Lutherans dont recognize the historical significance of Oct. 31, 1517, when Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle...
  • Luther decade opened

    10/18/2008 8:20:43 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 112 replies · 903+ views
    The Telegram ^ | 10/16/2008 | HANS ROLLMANN
    A few weeks ago, in the historic Castle Church of Wittenberg in Saxony, Lutherans from all over the world opened the Luther Decade, celebrations that coincide with Martin Luthers (1483-1546) arrival in Wittenberg 500 years ago in 1508 and commemorate the achievement and global significance of the German reformer. Nine years later, on 31 October 1517, Luther not only castigated the abuses of indulgence sellers with his 95 theses but also offered a new understanding of what it meant to be a Christian. Ushering in the modern age, Luther held that the individual, not the institutional church, stood at the...
  • Religious polemics migrate to cyberspace

    05/11/2008 8:06:55 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies · 87+ views
    Ekklesia ^ | 9 May 2008 | Adam Darlage
    New technology has always played a part in religious polemics and in the sense of identity generated through the heated exchange of opinion - such as we see in cyberspace today. The invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century has been credited by Reformation scholars as an important factor behind the success of sixteenth-century Church reformers. The impact of the new technology was nowhere more apparent than in the career of Martin Luther. In the aftermath of the indulgence controversy of 1517 that ultimately led to his rejection of Roman authority, Luther published numerous tracts that flew across...
  • Will the Real Martin Luther Please Stand Up

    05/04/2008 8:52:49 AM PDT · by restornu · 65 replies · 1,046+ views
    FAIRLDS ^ | by John A. Tvedtnes
    Martin Luther (1483-1546) is one of the most important persons in history. He fearlessly opposed Roman Catholic teachings and practices that ran counter to what is found in the Bible and early Christianity. His rebellion against Rome was the greatest single event leading to the Reformation and the establishment of Protestantism. Ironically, the Reformation, with its emphasis on scripture and rejection of long-standing tradition, led to schisms within Protestantism itself. In many cases, this was because some Protestant leaders emphasized some things, while others emphasized different ideas. John Calvin, for example, emphasized the concept of predestination, an idea also advanced...
  • Out of the Storm: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther [book review]

    04/28/2008 11:44:42 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies · 78+ views
    Barrie Advance ^ | Apr 25, 2008 | Jim Barber
    Its no mean feat tackling a biography of one of the most important figures in all of history. Wilson was attempting to navigate on ground that was already well trod by biographers and historians and pamphleteers for the past four centuries. How do you present the same information in a fresh and relevant way? Wilsons approach was unique in that his point of view was that of the post-modern, secular reader. As he so aptly elucidated, most previous biographies approached the story of the German monk with some sort of bias, usually broken down along sectarian lines. Wilson throws all...