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In October’s ‘Lutheran Witness’: Why the Reformation matters

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  1. Avatar John J Flanagan says:

    I understand the importance of the Reformation and Luther’s part, along with Tyndale and Wycliffe, in making the Bible available in the vernacular tongue of Christians everywhere. This was a shock to the Roman Church and the Papal system. However, we know the Reformation hardly “reformed” the Catholic Church to any great effect. If anyone who seriously studies the subject can please tell me which false doctrines were abandoned by the Roman Church, I would be pleased to know about it. And since the Roman Church started the “Counter Reformation” to discredit Luther and bring back to the Papal fold those who had gone after Luther, well, how successful was the Reformation? Half of Germany was Catholic, the other half Lutheran, and numerous religious wars and bloodshed spilled all over Europe for close to a century. Today, the Catholic Church no longer sends Jesuits and Dominican monks to arrest and burn heretics, and it no longer controls nations, but it is still the same as it was during Luther’s revolt, having added a few more Papal edicts and false doctrines since then. Luther’s greatness lied in his unswerving desire to free Christianity from the Papal nightmare and make the word of God available to each of us. And this alone was a seismic event.