Friday, November 02, 2007

Martin Luther Quiz

Please identify who said the following about Martin Luther.The quotes are from the same person. Try not to Google search the quotes and cheat. If you do, you shouldn't post the answer.

Luther was a man of ''profound religiousness'' who was ''driven by the examination of eternal salvation.''

Luther was the theologian who ''contributed in a substantial way to the radical change in the ecclesiastical and secular reality in the West."

''Our world still experiences his great impact on history.''

''The rupture in ecclesiastical unity cannot be reduced to the lack of comprehension by Catholic Church authorities or solely to Luther's lack of understanding of true Catholicism, even if both factors played a role.''

Historical research ''that does not take sides, motivated only be the search for truth,'' to provide ''a true image'' of Luther and the Reformation should be pursued.

''Guilt [during the Reformation], wherever it exists, must be recognized, on whichever side it is found.''

Of the Reformation: ''It is time that we distance ourselves from historic events and assure that they are often better understood and evoked.''


kmerian said...

Well, I did not cheat, so I am going to offer two possibilities.

Fulton Sheen

Joseph Ratzinger

I see similarities to both their writing styles.

James Swan said...

not bad- you're in the right ballpark. It was a Catholic.

Both answers though are wrong.

Jason said...

My gut says B16, but from your response to kmerian I'm guessing it ain't.

Maybe it was JPII?

James Swan said...

Maybe it was JPII?


The quotes are from a letter to the president of the Pontifical Secretariat for the Union of Christians, Johannes Cardinal Willebrands, from JP II, Oct. 31, 1983.

The full text is here:

Micah said...

"It is time that we distance ourselves from historic events and assure that they are often better understood and evoked."
This partially explains recent Catholic attempts at distancing Trent from the events of the Reformation, so far as to declare that Trent did not anathematize Luther, his followers or those who came later in the Reformation.

Anonymous said...

They're all anabaptist killing heretics, so who cares.

Anonymous said...

Luther told the princes and the nobility (referring to peasants) that it was right and lawful to slay at the first opportunity a rebellious person, "just as one must slay a mad dog…Let all who are able, cut them down, slaughter and stab them, openly or in secret, and remember that there is nothing more poisonous, noxious and utterly devilish than a rebel... For we are come upon such strange times that a prince may more easily win heaven by the shedding of blood than others by prayers."

It is very interesting that none of the Magesterial Reformers (Zwingli, Calvin, Luther) were martyred, but rather they caused many anabaptists to be martyred.

From 1525 Zwingli persecuted Anabaptists mercilessly with imprisonment, torture, banishment and death. The Anabaptist leader, Felix Manz, was drowned. Under Zwingli's influence, penalties of drowning, burning or beheading were decreed by the Council.

John Calvin wrote to England's King Henry VIII recommending that Anabaptists be burned as an example to other Englishmen: 'It is far better that two or three be burned than thousands perish in Hell.'

Luther was already mentioned above. How bloodthirsty the New Rome (the Magesterial Reformers) were.