[This LONG 🙂 article, written by me, was originally published in the August 2017 issue of the God’s Missionary Standard] One of the many reasons that history intrigues me, is that it produces evidence upon evidence that God takes imperfect
Kate’s life was rather dramatic. Katharina was only three when she was sent away to school by her family! Eventually becoming a nun, she escaped in 1523 and was taken in by Lucas Cranach the Elder. and his family in
The parents of Martin Luther were Hans & Margarethe (Lindemann) Luder. Hans Luder (Luther) was the son of a peasant farmer. They moved to work in Eisleben, where Margarethe gave birth to a son. According to the Catholic tradition, they
Johannes Gutenberg could not have known that his moveable type would contribute to the spread of the Reformation. His printing presses printed not only Luther’s 95 Theses but also the indulgences that caused the 95 theses to be written. Gutenberg’s
Johann von Staupitz was Luther’s mentor and confessor and also the dean of theology at the University of Wittenberg. He is the one who sent Luther and another monk to go to Rome in order to get a resolution to
Nikolaus von Amsdorf was born to a noble Saxon family. He studied theology in Leipzig and then was one of the first ever students at the University of Wittenberg. He obtained a master’s degree from there and became a professor.
Born in 1484, complicated is the word that comes to mind when mentioning Ulrich Zwingli. Like Luther, he was a reformer, but he believed that Luther did not gone far enough. Zwingli’s theology was somewhat shaped by the Bible and
Jonas is not known for his writings, in fact, he didn’t leave behind many writings. He is known as a faithful teacher of God’s Word, and Luther’s closest friend and colleague. He was a master of Greek, Hebrew and Latin.
Johann Eck was a staunch defender of the Pope and Rome, and a vocal enemy of Luther. He wrote a scathing attack on Luther’s 95 Theses on indulgences. Prior to the debate in Leipzig, Eck accused Luther of being a
Born in 1485, Johannes Bugenhagen is known for his role as Martin Luther’s pastor and confessor. Bugenhagen first encountered Luther’s writings to refute them. Instead, Luther’s words convinced Bugenhagen. He was the first priest in Wittenberg to get married. In