Analysis Of Luther's Table Talk

1401 Words6 Pages
About the author: The Table Talks are the random conversations written down by various guests at Luther 's table, which over the years were gathered together and published in various collections. It is based on the notes of the students that Luther had and compiled by Johannes Mathesius and published soon after. Mathesius spoke very highly about the privilege of eating and conversing with Luther, and was known for taking detailed and serious notes about the remarks that Luther made. Other note takers wrote down only the serious remarks of Luther, rather than including the more damaging and hurtful words of Luther. There were several other students that had journals that contributed to the compilation of Table Talks. These students however…show more content…
The church promised eternal salvation to everyone who lived accordingly(Overfield). In the 1500s the Roman Catholic Church was very powerful in Western Europe. But other political forces including Italy, England France and more had increased in the previous century and many were anxious to take the opportunity offered by the Reformation to weaken the power of the papacy and increase their own power in relation to the Church in Rome and other rulers. There was also a great deal of corruption of the church thanks the the pope and his abandonment of the people. The corruption of the Church was well known, and several attempts had been made to reform the Church but none of these efforts successfully challenged Church practice until Martin Luther 's actions in the early 1500s. Because of these things many of Luther 's books were ordered to be burned as a result of Luther 's dissent. Despite this fact, a copy of Martin Luther 's Table Talk was…show more content…
What made Luther different from previous reformers was that while the others attacked the church and its corruption, he argued based on the root of the problem. The church 's doctrine of salvation and God 's free gift of grace. His opinion can also be considered reliable because of this. The words of God cannot be touched, changed of wronged, therefore as a source, the Bible is quite reliable. And what if Luther tried to change the scriptures? It would be known because of the widespread distribution of the bible. Once Luther spoke, others began to take the scripture more seriously and this changed peoples minds. They also wrote the things down that Luther said which can be found in the Table Talk. Luther choose to make public what he had found to be the truth and this is what made history. Luther’s goal was to find the truth about salvation and good deeds by seeking only words from God himself. He felt unworthy of ever earning his salvation and in the end he appears to have found the
Open Document