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What were Martin Luther's opinions on the Crusades?

Luther originally condemned the Church being involved in military conquests and advocated non-violence against Muslims Martin Luther first wrote about the Crusades, and general armed conflict against ...
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Did Martin Luther ever admit that his approval of Philip's bigamy was wrong?

Luther did not recant. From: John Alfred Faulkner, "Luther and the Bigamous Marriage of Philip of Hesse, The American Journal of Theology Vol. 17, No. 2 (Apr., 1913), pp. 206-231 (on pp. 228-9) - ...
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When did Martin Luther lose his Apostolic succession according to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churchеs?

According to the Catholic Church, the short answer is that he never lost it. In fact, in the strict sense, Martin Luther never participated in apostolic succession to begin with. Apostolic succession ...
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Why did Luther say "Sin boldy"?

For most of a year following his trial at Worms in April 1521, Martin Luther was in seclusion. During this time his associates at Wittenberg were implementing practical changes in the church there. ...
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What Protestant arguments exist for the perpetual virginity of Mary?

Protestant arguments for the doctrine can be divided up into 3 categories. The Bible allows for it The bible does not indicate Mary had other children after Jesus. When Matthew 13:55 (as well as ...
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Did Martin Luther really nail his 95 Theses to the church door?

Martin Luther, we know from his own writings, was clearly neither a fanatic nor a protester. His sensible and restrained attitude to the Iconoclasts (see other question and answer) demonstrates this. ...
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How did Martin Luther justify the separation from the Catholic Church?

Martin Luther had not intended to separate from the Catholic Church. His 95 theses, and his conduct immediately after he posted them, were intended to achieve reform in the Catholic Church. When he ...
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Martin Luther Quotes Regarding Hebrew

Between August and November 1532 Luther delivered a series of lectures on psalm 45, part of a longer series on selected psalms. Rorer took notes, using shorthand and these were later published, ...
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Cardinal Cajetan and Martin Luther

I found this paper "Cajetan and Luther: Revisiting the Roots of a Schism" written by Dr. Adam Cooper, a Lutheran pastor turned Catholic, who has a repository of his academic papers here. The paper ...
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Why did Luther not support iconoclasm like some other reformers?

Luther's own words on the subject are quoted in: The Third Sermon, March 11, 1522, Tuesday after Invocavit In his sermon on 'How Christians should regard Moses' Luther makes it clear that he does ...
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Why did Katarina von Bora need to hide in a barrel to escape from her convent?

Martin Luther and Katarina von Bora (Frau Luther as she became) belonged to different orders. He was an Augustinian canon, and as such, although resident with other priests, in a monastery, worked in ...
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Is the Mass seen as a sacrifice in the Lutheran Church?

In the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Philipp Melanchthon identifies two distinct meanings of the word "sacrifice," rejecting one (the Roman Catholic view) and accepting the other: The ...
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What was Martin Luther's perspective on the early Christian church?

Luther, like other reformers, regarded the early church highly, but not above scripture. We see this in two ways – (1) he accepted the earliest councils of the church as faithfully proclaiming the ...
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What did Luther and Calvin believe about "Lucifer" in Isaiah 14?

Although Calvin and Luther most certainly believed in an entity called Satan, they deny that Isaiah 14:12 has any connection with the devil or that Lucifer is his name. In Calvin's commentary of ...
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Did Martin Luther express his views on suicide?

It appears that Luther did in fact say something to that effect. In one of his Table Talks, Luther is recorded as saying: I don’t share the opinion that suicides are certainly to be damned. My ...
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Were celebrations for the 400th Anniversary of the Reformation held in Germany during World War I?

In 1917, Reformation Day was on a Wednesday. The German theologian Hermann Sasse, a sergeant in the German army at the time, spoke about that day in 1942. His glasses are too amazing for my conscience ...
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Why Does Luther Translate "Alpha and Omega", in the Book of Revelation, as "A und O" (A and O)?

Yup, Luther is Spot On Technically, Luther's A und O (= English "A and O") is quite correct or as directly literal of a translation as one could get rendering the text into German (or English) ...
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Who won the Leipzig Debate between Martin Luther and Johann Eck?

I only know of one source, which I have here, on the table, in the form of a published book. I will extract quotes from it, to give a flavour of what the author says about the Leipzig debate between ...
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Did Luther say he "might well have entrusted the whole affair of this [Eucharist] controversy to [Calvin] from the beginning"?

Original source Henry's quote is verbatim from Christoph Pezel's 1590 book Außführliche, warhaffte und bestendige Erzehlung, and he mentions Pezel in a footnote to the paragraph prior to the story. ...
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Why did Luther curse those who oppose indulgences?

Luther published his 95 Theses in 1517. At that time he had not fully separated from the theology of the Roman Catholic church and the Pope. Most of his 95 Thesis are really just asking for ...
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According to Catholicism, what is wrong with Luther's doctrine of ubiquity?

The ubiquity doctrine is problematic to Catholics in that it does not acknowledge a "real" (substantial) change. Second, Lutherans reject Rome's identification of the bread and wine as the corporal ...
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According to Catholicism, what is wrong with Luther's doctrine of ubiquity?

From what you've quoted of Ott, it sounds like this "Ubiquity* Doctrine" holds that Christ's human nature is His divine nature. This is the heresy of monophysitism,** which says that Christ only has ...
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Did Luther believe in gnomish creatures?

Luther's objective was to express the Bible using words used by ordinary Germans. The following is an extract from his Letter on translation: We do not have to ask the literal Latin how we are to ...
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Why doesn't the Catholic Church give indulgences to everybody, regardless of their works?

It seems like it would be more compassionate to give out indulgences to everybody so that they do not suffer from punishment for their sins in purgatory, and find other ways to encourage people to do ...
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Did Luther ever acknowledge that his Catechism would require textual changes as language evolves?

Whether Luther expected language to evolve in the future is not clear. The introduction of printing, and the political situation, had led to increased standardisation of different German dialects, ...
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Did Martin Luther really nail his 95 Theses to the church door?

TL;DR We don't know but probably not. Long Version What we do know for certain is that on October 31, Luther posted a letter to the Archbishop of Mainz. This letter included the Disputation on ...
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Does the Westminster Confession affirm or deny Luther's predilection for Paul's writings?

First of all, it's important to recognize that "Reformed theology" does not mean "theology of the reformers" – the terminology is a bit confusing, which is why the tradition is ...
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Where did Martin Luther say that he placed "his Christ higher than any dogma or council"?

Luther wrote extensively, and in German, making quote identification rather difficult. However, the language you use here is reminiscent of Luther's famous speech at the Diet of Worms, where he said: ...
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Was Martin Luther known to have read the First Epistle of Clement?

No. Luther is not known to have read the First Epistle of Clement. In fact it is certain that he did not read it. Luther was, in general, very well read in the Church Fathers; and he would have known,...
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Was Martin Luther's marriage to Katharina von Bora due to their love for each other?

Martin Luther married Katharina von Bora (1499-1552) on June 13, 1525. Katharina came from a family of higher social rank than Luther’s family. The Von Boras were members of the knightly class, a ...
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