Reform Before the Reformation: comparing Martin Luther and Gottschalk of Orbais

 

by Rob Evans

Five hundred years ago, the German monk, Martin Luther, (probably) nailed his famous 95 theses to Wittenberg’s cathedral door. Even the most cautious historian would agree that his outspoken criticism of contemporary Christian practice and thought had an enormous impact on the religious, cultural, social, and political landscape of Europe. 

It has often been noted that Luther did not consider himself innovative or revolutionary. Throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the emerging Protestant Churches emphasised their continuity with earlier Christian thought and practices.

In this eBook, Rob Evans compares the Protestant Reformation with one of these earlier and less well known theological protests, that of Gottschalk of Orbais, who had raised similar questions to those of Luther about human salvation in the 840s.

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