Catholic Scholars of Luther

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Johannes Cochlaeus was a contemporary of Luther’s and his first “heresiographer,” in the words of Ralph Keen*—in other words, the opposite of a hagiographer, one who demonizes a supposedly wicked and impious enemy of the church. Cochlaeus’s 1548 biography, “The deeds and writings of Dr Martin Luther from the year of the Lord 1517 to […]

The End of Monologues, the Beginning of Dialogues

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Even for all the years the various Christian churches were separated from each other, they certainly didn’t ignore each other. In fact, they needed each other—the evil foil to their own unspoiled righteousness. Protestants needed their caricatures of the pope and his evil ways, and the mindless Catholic minions who obeyed him unquestioningly; Catholics needed […]