Sunday, November 3, 2019

On Reformation and Crusades (quora)

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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