By S. L. Greenslade

ISBN-10: 0521042542

ISBN-13: 9780521042543

Quantity three covers the consequences of the Bible at the background of the West among the Reformation and the book of the recent English Bible.

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This entire point of view is of immense importance for the under­ standing of Scripture. Erasmus could rely upon universal reason, the light that lighteth every man, because for him the darkness was not so intense. For Luther, the light that lighteth every man would at times leave him in utter blackness. Only in Scripture could he find a light to lighten the Gentiles. If Luther was thought to rely too much upon the Spirit by the Catholics and notably by Erasmus, he was accused of too little reliance by those within his own camp who may be called spiritualists.

Erasmus taxed Luther and even more his followers with relying too much upon the Spirit. The tract of Erasmus on the Freedom of the Will against Luther began precisely with this charge. The question is not as to the authority of Scripture. I confess that the sole authority of divine Scripture is above all the suffrages of human beings. The 1 W, 4 4 , 3 7 2 . 3 Dialogi Sacri ( 1 5 4 3 ) . 3 Cal. Op. XXIII, 4 8 2 - 7 and xxiv, 16-24. 27 Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 From the Reformation to the Present Day controversy is not about the Scriptures.

My Lot? What has happened to him? Is he alive? Are his wife and daughters alive? And Abraham broke into tears. ' Observe in all the sacred history how side by side lie crosses and liberations, sufferings and conso­ lations, tears and joy. 1 The treatment of the New Testament was no different. That was why an account of Luther's appearance at the Diet of Worms could take the form of a parody of the gospel account of the trial of Jesus. The men of Luther's circle moved in a perpetual passion play.

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