Week Three - Day Three

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April, 1518 – Luther is brought to the German university town of Heidelberg. In what becomes known as the Heidelberg Disputation, Luther defends his position in front of an audience and wins over Martin Bucer.

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week Three - Day Two

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Tetzel and Rome do, though, over-react. Tetzel responds with 106 theses attacking Luther and defending Rome. Likewise, printers start churning out copies of the 95 Theses without Luther’s permission. Luther spends the next four years doubling down on his position.

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week Three - Day One

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1517 – Luther writes to his bishop and to Albrecht asking them to reign in Tetzel’s abuses, including the precursor to the 95 Theses. Luther may or may not have posted the final form of the Theses on the door of Castle Church. Luther also scheduled an academic debate over the Theses. Nobody attended; Martin Marty speculates that had Tetzel and Rome not over-reacted Luther would be consigned to historical obscurity.

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week Two - Day Seven

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To repay this debt, Albrecht supports the preaching activity of Dominican friar Johannes Tetzel. Tetzel was also an inquisitor, meaning he was in a position to go after rivals who challenged him. Frederick, concerned with the potential loss of income that would result if pilgrims to the Wittenberg relics were to buy indulgences from Tetzel, banned the Dominican preacher from Saxony. Luther and his fellow critics assumed that the pope was unaware of Tetzel’s actions.

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week Two - Day Six

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1514 – Albrecht, archbishop of Magdeburg, purchases the episcopal see of Mainz. To do so, he took out a huge loan from the Fugger banking family in Augsburg.

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week Two - Day Five

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At Wittenberg, Luther begins to study Greek and Hebrew and to study and lecture upon Genesis, the Psalms, Romans, and Galatians. During this time, Luther comes to understand himself as Jacob wrestling the stranger at night, struggling “against God appearing in hostile form.”

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week Two - Day Four

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Wittenberg, for its part, was home to about 2,000 people – but more importantly, a printing press. Scholars at the university were able to disseminate their ideas beyond Saxony. Frederick the Wise had also collected a large treasury of holy relics – more than 17,000 according to a 1518 record. One calculation, based in 150, stated that paying to venerate the relics in Wittenberg would release asoul from purgatory 1,902,202 years and 270 days earlier.

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week Two - Day Three

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October, 1512 – Staupitz sends Luther to receive for his doctorate and to serve as both professor and preacher to the Augustinian community in Wittenberg. Luther accepts his doctorate on October 19. Staupitz convinces Frederick the Wise to provide financial support for Luther’s teaching position. In his position as a professor, Luther begins reading Scripture more closely, looking for answers to assuage his concerns about God’s wrath.

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week Two - Day Two

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November, 1510/1 – Staupitz sends Luther to Rome. While in Rome, Luther visited the Parthenon, the catacombs, and the Santa Scala at the Lateran Palace. While celebrating Mass, Luther was distressed that the local priests rushed him through the liturgy; one report suggests a Roman priest scoffed at the consecration, “Bread thou art, and bread thou shalt remain.”

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week Two - Day One

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Staupitz and Luther enjoy a close relationship, and Staupitz becomes Luther’s confessor. Luther would stringently examine himself and confess every single thing he could think of. Luther worried that he was not contrite enough to truly confess; indeed, Luther worried that his contrition verged on selfishness, and thus in trying to seek forgiveness was continuing to damage his relationship with God.

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week One - Day Seven

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1508 – Luther’s superior, an aristocrat-turned-monk named Johannes von Staupitz, sends Luther to serve as a substitute professor at the university in Wittenberg. Staupitz is closely connected to Frederick the Wise, Elector of Saxony. Frederick himself had recently founded the University of Wittenberg (1502) against his bishop’s objections (as it was not an ecclesial school).

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week One - Day Six

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April 4, 1507 – Luther is ordained to the priesthood.  May 2, 1507 – Luther celebrates his first Mass. His father is present, and the two men argue after the Mass. Hans accuses his son of breaking the fourth commandment by disobeying his father’s wish that he become a lawyer.

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week One - Day Five

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July, 1505 – Luther suddenly announces to his friends that he intends to join the Augustinian order. Luther himself attributes this decision to a near-death experience during a storm. As lightening and thunder raged around him, Luther asked for Saint Anne’s (the mother of the Virgin Mary and a popular saint among miners) intercession. He vowed that if she helped him, he would become a monk. The Augustinian order was both strict and scholarly.

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week One - Day Four

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1501 – Luther enters the university in Erfurt to study for his master’s degree.  1505 – Luther graduates and begins a year-long course in legal studies. The law professors held a disdain for theologians, but Luther felt drawn to the study of theology. He would leave school before finishing the program.

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week One - Day Three

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1490 (?) – When he is seven, Luther is sent to Latin school. He attended three schools in different towns, all run by the Brothers of the Common Life. This group shared much in common with monastic life, but they did not take formal monastic vows. They valued the study of Scripture, prayer, and work.

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week One - Day Two

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November 11 – Luther is baptized very shortly after his birth. He is named Martin after the feast of the same name, celebrated on November 11. Luther’s parents are not nobility, but they are well-off. Hans Luther was the operator of a series of mines and was involved in local city council politics.

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Week One - Day One

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November 10, 1483(?) – Martin Luder (the name change comes later) is born in Eisleben, Saxony

 

Did You Know? A Survey of Luther's Life; seven weeks of daily Luther facts was researched, compiled, and commented on by Andrew Lewis, S.T.M. who served as Vicar at St. James from 2016-2017.  

Did you know? A Survey of Luther's Life: Starts Sunday

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In preparation for the 500th Commemoration of the Lutheran Reformation on October 31, 2017, St. James will be sharing "Did you know?  A Survey of Luther's Life: seven weeks of daily Luther facts" on its website.  You can log in each day after at 7:49 a.m. for your daily Luther fact.  The research, as well as the commentary, have been prepared by Vicar (soon to be Pastor) Andrew Lewis, S.T.M.   It was one of the last projects that he worked on at St. James and we are thankful for his efforts, scholarship, and wit.  As Andrew will soon begin his public ordained ministry, we keep him in our prayers - thankful for his time and service at St. James.    

Printed copies of each week's of facts will be made available ahead of time on Sunday morning.