Martin Luther Essay

671 Words Nov 27th, 2012 3 Pages
There was an argument between two great scholars, Robert Kolb and Hans Kung on whether Martin Luther’s reform improved the lives of European Christians. Kolb agreed that martin Luther made a positive impact on European Christians and he concluded that Luther was a prophetic hero, teacher and that Luther brought change and hope to the people. Kung on the other hand believes that Luther was a great orchestrator of change in the Christian church but also an indirect instigator of the violence and oppression that erupted among the people. In other words Luther had some positive effects but left more negative consequences on the people. This essay’s main focus is to identify which argument appears to be more convincing and persuasive but for …show more content…
Kung believes there were other factors that contributed to the reformation. Events like the fall of the papacy, rise of the nation states, the rapid development of the press, the huge demand for education and other similar events paved way for the revolution to occur. As positive as a reformation or revolution may sound, Kung suggested that Luther’s reformation created numerous unpleasant consequences like the religious wars, the formation of various radical sects, the subordination of peasants to rulers and so many other similar events.
After analyzing both arguments, Hans Kung’s argument appeared to be more persuasive on so many levels. I didn’t really believe in what Robert Kolb was arguing about because he was very focused on the positive effects of Luther’s reformation. Kolb seemed to suggest that since Luther’s intention was for good, all other events that do not reflect Luther’s intentions were irrelevant. However, Kung on the other hand was able to give a broad explanation of the events that took place before and after the Lutheran reformation which gives the reader a better understanding of the effects of the reformation. What I agree with the most in kung’s argument was the fact that Luther’s reformation left more negative consequences on European Christians. Events

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