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KATHRYN ROSE Niel Barganza/Christina Wood HUMA 1825 Martin Luther - This reading opens “Letter of Dedication”, an essay in three parts. PART ONE 1. Luther’s disagreement with the “sophists” is quite obvious once he elaborates on it on pg.364 and 368. After some research, I learned a sophist was kind of teacher that specialized in philosophy and rhetoric. Luther literally calls the sophists “wretched” and “blind”, “thus their poisonous error has spread through the whole world, so that everyone regards these teachings of Christ as counsels of perfection, and not as precepts binding on all Christians alike.”(pg.364) So it is pretty obvious that Luther does not agree with them. 2. Martin Luther describes the difference between the christains and unchristians similarly to how he differentiates both the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of the sword as a conflict. Mortals are placed in either Kingdom depending on which they belong. This defines the mortals as “Christian” or “unchristian”. In deeper understanding, Luther explains by seeing the difference between the two, there is no longer conflict between them. Luther relates the Kingdom of God to a moral ideology. The people that reside in this kingdom are humble and do good deeds happily. These Mortals are “true christians” and their lives are spent living and breathing the word of God. Adding on, he states they are also able to resist what is evil and this is why it is

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