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Old questions, new answers? : Luther and the problem of catholicity

Bagchi, David


Dr David Bagchi
Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History and Ecclesiastical History/ Co-Director of the Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.


Luther's omission of the word "catholic" from his German translations of the creedal article on the Church have led many to suppose that he had little time for the concept of catholicity. A survey of vernacular devotional literature on the eve of the Reformation shows however that he was merely respecting traditional translation practice, and a study of his polemical writings in 1518-1519 demonstrates that a strong concept of catholicity underpinned his critique of the Roman Church.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Reformation
Print ISSN 1357-4175
Publisher Equinox Publishing
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Pages 161-176
APA6 Citation Bagchi, D. Old questions, new answers? : Luther and the problem of catholicity. Reformation, 17, 161-176. doi:10.1558/refm.v17.161
Keywords REF 2014 submission**
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