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Contemporary Civilization

The Protestant Reformation (Selected Readings)

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1517 CE –
Dates are approximate

A law-school dropout turned Augustinian monk, Martin Luther was certainly an unlikely candidate to render the Roman Catholic Church asunder. Born to a humble family in the German hamlet of Eisleben, Luther’s formal education was entirely typical of the day, with its focus on the Medieval arts of grammar, logic and rhetoric. He soon found himself disillusioned with the narrowly philosophical preoccupations of much medieval learning, so Luther turned to biblical theology for answers to the great questions of belief and faith.

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