Friends of Martin Luther?

Stuart Masters writes about Quakers and the Protestant Reformation

A portrait of Martin Luther, 1528. By Lucas Cranach the Elder. | Photo: Via Wikimedia Commons.

Five hundred years ago Martin Luther published his Ninety-five Theses (also known as the Disputation on the Power of Indulgences), an event that has come to symbolise the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Emerging a little over a hundred years later, the Quaker movement was one product of these momentous changes. Despite this, the Quaker response to Luther’s ideas, particularly as they were later developed and intensified by John Calvin, was not altogether positive. So, how do Friends relate to Luther and the Protestant Reformation? Are we Friends of Luther or not?

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