How the Protestant Reformation misfired

"The Reform began with the program of submitting the secular sphere to the control of the saints and ended with the relegation of the saints to the corner of 'a free and voluntary society.' The moving sectarians have won their freedom of conscience at the price of keeping quiet and not bothering the political community with their affairs." -- Eric Voegelin, History of Political Ideas, Volume 7, pp. 142-143


  1. As an (orthodox) Lutheran, I would like to make a couple of points:

    --Lutherans never chose to leave the Church Catholic. We were kicked out. We still consider ourselves "catholic", just not Roman Catholic.

    --Lutherans are the only Protestants who believe the 2,000 year old core doctrines of the Faith: God saves sinners (monergistically) in Holy Baptism, and Christ is truly bodily present in the Holy Sacrament of the Lord's Supper to enrich our salvation and for the forgiveness of sins.

    --The early stages of the Reformation, which we refer to as the "Lutheran Reformation" had NOTHING to do with Salvation. It had everything to do with "Satisfaction". For an explanation, click here:

    1. Ok, Gary, but what does this have to do with the post?