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Who are these people in this Catholic Reformation meme that are considered more influential than Martin Luther?

Who are these people in this Catholic Reformation meme that are considered more influential than Martin Luther? They are as follows: Giovanni Bernini St. Ignatius of Loyola St. Francis De Sales St. ...
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How do Protestants answer the Catholic accusation of historicity?

Protestant reformers were at pains to argue that all they sought to do was restore the church to purity which had become corrupted in medieval times. They wanted to ensure that their teachings were ...
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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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What was first, sola scriptura or sola fide?

This is a complex topic, for at least two reasons: 1) there was a wide diversity of thought in the pre-Reformation and Reformation periods, and 2) today's definitions of sola scriptura and sola fide ...
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Do Reformed theologians understand the Catholic Church and the Papacy to have been true heirs of Peter until the Reformation?

It is clear from John Knox's words, recorded at his meeting with Queen Mary at Holyrood in 1561 (accompanied by Lord James Stewart) that the reformer regarded the Papacy to be an intrusion and the ...
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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 the reformers include the book of Hebrews in the canon?

As far as Calvin was concerned, his views on the canonicity of Hebrews can be found in his introductory comments to his commentary on Hebrews (here at pp. 16–17). He includes it "without hesitation" ...
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What did Calvin think about Knox's "Monstrous Regiment"?

The summary in Mike's answer seems accurate. I would like to add some further background and primary sources. Evidently, Calvin felt it necessary to write to Sir William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth I's ...
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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, according to the Catholic Church, did the Reformation happen?

The Catholic Encyclopedia actually has a response to the reason for the Reformation: The papacy had become the powerful centre of the family of Christian nations. With the ecclesiastical ...
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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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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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Was Martin Luther wrong about baptizing infants?

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Who are these people in this Catholic Reformation meme that are considered more influential than Martin Luther?

Bernini (Counter-reformation painter) St. Ignatius of Loyola (founder of Jesuits, counter-reformation order) St. Francis De Sales (Counter-reformation preacher) St. John of the Cross (Reformed ...
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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 the original reformers believe in a Magisterium?

tldr; No - the Reformers disavowed the concept of the Magisterium. If you read the Wikipedia article on the Magisterial Reformation it is plain to see that the usual usage of the term "...
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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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Are Catholics allowed to celebrate the Reformation?

Merriam-Webster define commemorate as: to call to remembrance: St. Andrew is commemorated on November 30. to mark by some ceremony or observation; observe: commemorate an anniversary to serve as a ...
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Why were Deuterocanonical books rejected in the Reformation?

The Protestants rejection of the deuterocanonical books being equal to Holy Scripture is based primarily on Jerome's Helmeted Preface: Jerome, in his Prologue to the Books of the Kings This ...
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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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Was there ever a "Martin Luther" or a reformation in the Eastern Orthodox Church?

I don’t know if the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451) is relevant, but it’s worth mentioning that the at this meeting, equal honour was assigned to the Church of Constantinople and the Church of Rome. The ...
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Would the Anglican Church consider themselves Protestant?

The Anglican denomination is thoroughly Protestant; yes there is an Anglo-Catholic sub-branch, and some High Anglican liturgical features may have the trappings of Catholicism, but the core and heart ...
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The Servetus Controversy: What was Calvin's involvement?

Michael Servetus denied the deity of Christ and the Trinity doctrine, as well as many other points of orthodox Christian belief. But his challenge to the city Council of Geneva was handled horribly. ...
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Did reformation leaders throw out the Summa Theologica?

Luther According to Steinmetz, David Curtis. 2002. Luther in Context. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic., Luther had no direct knowledge of the content St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica. Luther ...
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What effect did the Reformation have inside the Catholic Church?

What effect did the Reformation have inside the Catholic Church? The Protestant Reformation got on it way when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses (Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of ...
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Did Luther consider Erasmus an unbeliever, and if so, why?

It is true that after Luther and Erasmus had their falling out, from an initial weak respect for one another, Luther made several comments that imply he considered Erasmus a man without genuine faith. ...
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What were the major disagreements between Erasmus and Luther during the Protestant Reformation?

To understand how Erasmus viewed Luther it is helpful to see on what topic they decidedly became engaged in hot argument against each other. The topic they chose to hurl their missiles at each other ...
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Did John Calvin help Nicolas Cop write his infamous inaugural address?

According to Alexandre Ganoczy's Calvin’s Life and Context, chapter 1 in The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin there is no scholarly consensus as to the extent of Calvin's involvement in Nicolas Cop'...
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Did anyone who was a part of the Counter reformation consider Luther to be the Antichrist?

There was no significant attempt to portray Luther as the Antichrist. For most of the Counter-Reformation, he was dead, and other Protestant leaders were appearing all over Europe, often disagreeing ...
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What did Protestant reformers think about the date and authorship of the New Testament?

There never was any argument between the Reformers and the Catholic church regarding the canon of scripture, just as they never had any difference of belief about the Trinity doctrine. Going back to ...
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