- Is it true that the Catholic Church during the time of the Renaissance was rebuked because of the Crusades by the founders of the Reformation movement Martin Luther and John Calvin?
- Answer requested by
- Marc Bloemers
- Hans-Georg Lundahl
- none/ apprx Masters Latin & Greek, Lund University
- Answered just now
- It is more like Erasmus who remained a Catholic was against them, Luther started out Erasmian but became pro-Crusader at Turkish invasion attempt (first siege of Vienna) and remained so.
The Lutheran participation from Denmark and Sweden was seen very much as a Crusade involving even a secularised version of Crusaders’ Indulgence.
John Calvin, I don’t know. He was also not a founder of the Reformation but like Anglicanism second generation. He was a disciple of Bucer who was an eclectic disciple of both Luther and Zwingli.
Considering his own disciple Knox as well as the “spiritual grandfather” Zwingli died in Anti-Catholic “crusades” it is not likely.
You may have been thinking of Lollards or Waldensians or Albigensians, but that is a very different thing from the Reformation in respects other than ecclesiological and as to Sacraments and even Albigensians from the rest in even these matters.
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