The English Reformation Versus the German Reformation

The English Protestant Reformation differed in many crucial ways from the German Reformation. In Germany, Luther's protestantism was driven by his own religious convictions. However, in England politics was at the center of the Reformation, along with religious ideas but to a lesser extent. The German Reformation began with Martin Luther, a slightly discontented clergyman who, … Continue reading The English Reformation Versus the German Reformation

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Calvin on Predestination

John Calvin was a Protestant figure who believed strongly in the idea of predestination, the idea that it has been determined by God that some will be saved and some will be damned. Calvin said that God owes a debt to no man, and that He predestines some to eternal life out of mercy, not … Continue reading Calvin on Predestination

Luther’s Main Points in an Excerpt From ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’

One of Martin Luther's main points, and one of the points at which Catholicism and Protestantism divide, is the issue of justification by faith. Luther firmly believed that good works cannot save anyone. He believed that humans are so inherently evil that they cannot possibly gain anything from any kind of good work. In On … Continue reading Luther’s Main Points in an Excerpt From ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’