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RTR: Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences (1517)

The second and final text under examination in this 500th reformation year is that for which the anniversary is recognized, the 95 Theses or “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences.” Indulgences are connected with the sacrament of penance. Technically indulgences remit temporal guilt and punishment for sins that have already been repented of […]

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RTR: Disputation against Scholastic Theology (1517)

It is late in the year, but here’s a short post on the first of the two works of Luther from 1517 that begin the Reading the Reformation with Luther series, “Disputation against Scholastic Theology.” There are a number of intriguing aspects of this work. I’ll identify just a few and in no particular order […]

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RTR: A Proposed Schedule

Picking up on the idea of reading the Reformation along with Martin Luther, I’m planning on using this chronology to set up the schedule. That means that there are three things to read before the end of the year: the disputation against scholastic theology, the 95 Theses, and the lectures on Hebrews. Pre-1517 works listed […]

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Reading the Reformation with Luther

I’ve been thinking about pursuing an experiment and today is perhaps a better day than any to announce it. I intend to read through the Reformation along with Luther. By this I mean that beginning this year I want to read through the major works of Luther’s along with him, roughly as he wrote them. […]