Delli Venneri HIST3353 Paper 2 with comments

As far dealings with heretics reform groups or even

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more concrete. As far dealings with heretics, reform groups, or even Muslims, the proper response for a true Christian in dealing with them would never be to resort to violence. Sure, it might be easier to put them down and shut them up, but Jesus clearly teaches in the New Testament to love your brother, neighbor, and even your enemy. To persecute those who taught false teachings, or even threatened and spoke ill of you, certainly in the eyes of the Gospels would make you more wicked than these non- Christians ever would be. Thus, the Church clearly was erring in the way they were handling non- Catholics. Lastly, the argument against the selling of indulgences in order to keep wealthy families happy is pretty straightforward. No matter how much money the wealthy families had, it should not have mattered, as Catholic leaders are supposed to be men of poverty that see no value in money, let alone bribery. The fact that families, however, had so much influence, and eventually were able to buy themselves into the Church, show exactly how dysfunctional and corrupt the Catholic Church was at the time of Martin Luther. The most overtly harsh part of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses is theses 82 to 89, which blast the Pope for his misuse of Papal authority, indulgences, and Church money. Although some may consider Luther’s words overly exaggerated and harsh, it is quite obvious that such harsh words were sorely needed in order to invoke change in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church was sorely corrupt and wildly astray from its founding principles at this time, and the justifications one could use to explain the selling of indulgences, all of which revolved around the Church preserving power that it should have been concerned with having in the first place, all served to illustrate this point even further. Thus Martin Luther, in the complaints he laid out at the end of his 95 Theses , was more than justified and on-base. In fact, one could make the argument that he in fact saved the Catholic Church from itself, even if he ended
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up being its staunchest enemy in doing so. Alas, that is an argument for a different time, and a different paper. References Luther, Martin. 95 Theses. England, 1517.
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  • Spring '12
  • Cornell
  • Martin Luther, Protestant Reformation, The Ninety-Five Theses, Indulgence, 95 Theses

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