hist 4b essay 5

hist 4b essay 5 - motives of church representatives. The...

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Adam Goldsmith Hist 4B Discussion W 5pm The central point of Luther’s doctrine had three components. Luther said that there were only three sacraments, they were open to anyone with faith, and that the bread in a Eucharist was literally the body of Christ. This was all taken directly from the Holy Scriptures and interpreted by Luther quite literally, as if not to leave anything up to human speculation. Such statements differed from the doctrines of the Catholic Church by disputing the number of sacraments (three opposed to seven), and opposing the right of clergymen to regulate participation in the sacraments, namely requiring works as a prerequisite. In disputing practices of the church, Luther also questioned the validity and
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Unformatted text preview: motives of church representatives. The two main practices he criticized were the selling of indulgences by the clergy and the denying of the sacrament to people at the clergys discretion. Commenting about the denying of the sacraments he wrote, It is a sin to prohibit both kinds [of the sacraments] to those who wish it by their free choice. (On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church, p.45) When discussing works as a clergy enforced means to salvation he wrote, If it [the testament of Christ] is indeed a promise, as has been said, no works, no manliness, no merits, provide access to it, but only faith. (47)...
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