• A Call to Piety: A New Interpretation of The Judgment of Martin Luther On Monastic Vows

    Author(s):
    Neal Martin (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    History, Religious Studies, Theology
    Subject(s):
    Reformation, Historical theology, Church history, Monasticism
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    2018 ETS Eastern Regional Meeting
    Conf. Org.:
    The Evangelical Theological Society
    Conf. Loc.:
    Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster PA
    Conf. Date:
    April 6-7, 2018
    Tag(s):
    Protestant Reformation, monastic reform
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/sk8v-fy60
    Abstract:
    This conference paper presents a new analysis of Martin Luther’s treatise "The Judgment of Martin Luther on Monastic Vows". This treatise has long been interpreted as Luther’s utter rejection of monasticism. However, upon closer inspection we find that Luther’s treatise is not simply a reactionary writing dealing solely with his utter contempt of monastic vows. This paper argues that a more nuanced reading of the text along with an understanding of the cultural context in which it was written, shows that Martin Luther is pastorally advocating for monks to return to the true piety of the monastic fathers.
    Notes:
    Awarded 2nd Place In Student Paper Competition
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    Last Updated:
    4 months ago
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