Second Theo Writing Assignment

Luthers interest in at least minimizing the power of

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Luther’s interest in at least minimizing the power of the pope is persistent. Martin Luther makes a compelling point in his treatise when he mentions in the second wall how only the pope is able to interpret the Scripture (Luther, 19). The pope possesses no greater knowledge than regular people or has any access to exclusive resources to enable them such ability to always have the correct interpretation. Seeing as there is no basis for a pope to have superior capability of analyzing holy texts, anyone should be equally competent. Roman Catholicism is known for having stricter policies than other forms of religion. As Queen Mary emphasized during her reign, she focused on the more habitual practices of religion. For instance, she imposed an injunction that all old mannerisms of the church must be utilized, as traditions were slowly being forgotten (Janz, 357). Although there are rituals that some may see more as a chore rather than an anticipated practice, such as the necessity of going to church at least once a week, there are still customs that should remain practiced. For instance, as Catholics, religious events are commemorated to remind people of what our precursors have done for us. By celebrating these turning points in religious history, the honor and gratitude is attributed. Neither religion seems to possess all qualities and customs that are entirely pure. The praising and worship of God should be a combination of teaching, celebration, and purity. All these features can be found in both Lutheran and Roman Catholic beliefs. With Luther’s objective to reallocate authority within the church and Catholicism striving for habitual commemoration, balance between freedom and regulation can coexist within the Church.
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Works Cited Janz, Denis. "The Marian Injunctions." A Reformation Reader: Primary Texts with Introductions . Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1999. Print. Luther, Martin. "To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation." Three Treatises . Philadelphia: Fortress, 1970. Print.
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