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Luther's LivesTwo Contemporary Accounts of Martin Luther$
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Ralph Keen and Thomas D. Frazel

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719061042

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719061042.001.0001

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Philip Melanchthon's History of the Life and Acts of Dr Martin Luther

Philip Melanchthon's History of the Life and Acts of Dr Martin Luther

(p.15) 2 Philip Melanchthon's History of the Life and Acts of Dr Martin Luther
Luther's Lives

Thomas D. Frazel

Ralph Keen

Manchester University Press

This chapter presents Philip Melanchthon's life history of Dr Martin Luther. Here, Melanchthon paints his friend in a good light, nothing his contributions to faith and the Church. These were a few controversies, such as when Luther was not certainly getting rid of indulgences themselves, but only urging moderation. Luther added to the explanation of the doctrines on penance, the remission of sins, faith and indulgences, also these topics: the difference between divine and human laws, the doctrine on the use of the Supper of the Lord and the other Sacraments, and concerning Prayers. The chapter notes that just as he entered upon this cause without desire for private gain, he only battled by teaching and avoided taking up arms, and he wisely distinguished the conflicting duties of a Bishop teaching the Church of God, and of Magistrates, who restrain the multitude by the sword.

Keywords:   Martin Luther, life history, Philip Melanchthon, indulgences, Church's teachings, penance, divine law, human laws

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