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Reformation In 1517, church as dynamic as it had been 200 yrs earlier/later There was no crisis in church/society 95 theses: Sent a copy to his ecclesiastical superior – Albert of Brandenburg Sent copies aboard (a dozen colleagues) Role of pope in church practice and church theology Albert sent a copy to Rome: Became an official matter (attained an official/ecclesiastical trajectory ) 1520 – exsurge domine Luther was told that 41 sentences were heretical/offensive to pious ears May 1521 Decet Romanum 2 nd Trajectory – Theological 95 Theses triggered theological controversy Indulgences Authority – sole authority – Bible 3 rd Trajectory – Spirituality/Piety By 1521 he was bestselling author in Germany Bulk of his writings were pamphlets (8-10 pages) written in German vernacular e.g. dealing with “how to pray the Lord’s prayer” People Would have known him for his spiritual/devotional tracts Would have been puzzled/nonplussed by his official excommunication Had been engaged by what Luther had written 4 th Trajectory – Reform That priests were exempt from Erasmus of Rotterdam – we need to reform Difference between No sense of crisis Some reforming nations fed into this Meant that in 1521 when Luther declared to be political outlaw there was support for him that was dramatically increasing support from 1. Those interested in theology 2. Those engaged in what he wrote 3. Those wanting reform By 1521 Luther had succeeded in creating a cohort of supporters 1
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0.0001% chance of dying peacefully yet he did Luther had succeeded in conveying that/convincing his contemporaries that: Offered solution: o listening to the Word o Following the mandates of the Word Message not only a negative one but solution offered (strikingly simple) For people it was electrifying/liberating What happened that a theological pronouncement (or set of) turned into a social movement? (had social ramifications ) Theologians before had same ideas as Luther Fairly quickly, theological discussion spread out and touched on other topics Argued about a number of other issues e.g. the mass Priest reenacts sacrificial death of Christ on the cross
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