The Eutopians and the Thirty Years’ War

The “Eutopians” of the sixteenth century changed the spelling of the word Utopia to Eutopia to signify that there could exist a place like Utopia. “Good place” was the Eutopians’ definition of Eutopia in comparison to the “no place” definition of Utopia. Around the time when the Eutopian thinkers thought up Eutopia the new world … More The Eutopians and the Thirty Years’ War

My Impression of the ‘Spiritual Exercises’

What kind of impression were you left with by the Spiritual Exercises?  Why is Ignatius concerned about careless discussion of faith and good works?   St. Ignatius Loyola founded the Catholic Jesuit Order, or the Society of Jesus, and wrote Spiritual Exercises.  I was given the opportunity to read an excerpt of this literary work.  … More My Impression of the ‘Spiritual Exercises’

Some of Luther’s Ideas in ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’

In reading a selection from Martin Luther’s On the Freedom of a Christian Luther expressed many of his views on just what the title of his book states: the freedom of a Christian. First, Luther says that a Christian should live by faith in God alone rather than completing works.  He says that by doing … More Some of Luther’s Ideas in ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’

The Ninety-Five Theses

  The Ninety-Five Theses was a document written by Martin Luther published in the year 1517.  Luther wrote this document in order to get a message across to the Catholic Church.  He believed that the practice of selling indulgences was completely outrageous, so he wrote the Ninety-Five Theses as a sort of argument against the … More The Ninety-Five Theses