Fire Starters: A Comparative Study of the Lives and Reforms of Martin Luther and Alexander Campbell

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Master of Theology (Th.M)


Historical Theology


Church reform has always been a process in which the standard bearers become heroes or scoundrels. The two men that this study discusses have, depending on who was discussing them, have been called both. Their backgrounds are quite different, leading them to some different conclusions. However, Martin Luther and Alexander Campbell had one thing in common, they both desired to reform the church within existing structures but were forced to acknowledge that the reform had to be done outside of the framework in which they had began.


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