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Of whom does Reformation remind you: Thomas Beza? Ulrich Zwingli? James Arminius? John Calvin? Probably all the above. The “Father of the Reformation,” Martin Luther, named after St. Martin of Tours, was very inquisitive and wanted to learn from the sages such as Aristotle, Plato, and Gabriel Biel. But two men who became his tutors (Bartholomaus Arnoldi von Usingen and Jodocus Trutfetter) taught Luther to be wary of even the great thinkers of the ages. Therefore philosophy and “reason” became a headache for Luther, for they could not give him the satisfaction in life he desired. Luther wanted to know about God, and human-kind’s greatest thinkers could tell him only of man.
Becoming an Augustinian Monk, Luther dedicated himself to God in the best way he understood: fasting, long hours of prayer, pilgrimages, confessions. Oh, so many confessions! But he remained empty within. His superior, noting Luther’s personal dissatisfaction, suggested that he study law, and in 1507 he was ordained into the priesthood and assigned to the University of Whittenberg to teach theology.
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