Philip Melanchthon's <i>History of the Life and Acts of Dr Martin Luther</i>

Thomas D. Frazel and Ralph Keen

in Luther's Lives

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780719061042
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700358 | DOI:
Philip Melanchthon's History of the Life and Acts of Dr Martin Luther

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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

Chapter.  14204 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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