Monday, January 7, 2013

Martin Luther and Henry VIII

Posted: 7 Jan 13
Updated: 8 Jan 13

Monk Martin Luther
German reformer Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) and English King Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547), men of conscience, courage and confidence, were contemporaries. Both shook the Western world.

I want to explore if, when and how their lives interacted. Did they know or know of each other? Does history really consider the fundamental touchstone issue, concept or influences that drove each man in making decisions? What was their personal ultimate authority during the centuries-old (1184 -- 1860) Christendom Inquisition for heresy? Clearly in either case it was not the Roman Catholic Church nor its Pope. So, was it personal conscience, Scriptures, love, lust or ambition? Or could it conceivably have been a deep personal relationship with the Almighty Himself?

King Henry the Eighth

Luther began the Protestant Reformation of the Catholic Church by confronting indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517, well after Henry the Eighth became King of England on 21 April 1509.

To be continued...

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