In week 2, we learned about Luther’s time in the monastery at Erfurt. The Augustinian order Luther joined was very strict and he went above and beyond the requirements. Nevertheless, Luther found no peace and continued to despair of his salvation. Luther became a priest and a lecturer at the university in Wittenberg. This gave him the opportunity to study the whole of the Scriptures, and to read the New Testament in the original Greek rather than the Latin translation. This study as well as spiritual counsel from his father confessor set the stage for Luther to come to a full understanding of the Gospel.
Join us at our next class (October 1) as we learn about the medieval practice of selling indulgences. Luther’s response to this horrible practice would begin the Reformation.