Hymnody of the Reformation Period.
Collins, Shirley Alice
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Each period of history, whether it be church history or other, can be traced back to a beginning which usually includes either one great name or a group of names as its leader. To Martin Luther belongs the recognition of being the leader of one of the greatest and most controversial periods in history. Until the year 1520, the Catholic Church was the only church and its doctrines the only doctrines in which people could believe. The Pope was the head of the Catholic Church and his word was law. Martin Luther strenuously objected to certain arbitrary assumptions of the Pope and he declared his complete separation from the Catholic Church in 1520, by burning the Pope's bull of excommunication. In 1521, at the Diet of Worms, Luther declared the fundamental principles of Protestantism through his appeal to the Holy Scriptures. He regarded reason and conscience as higher authorities than ecclesiastical tradition and the authority of Popes. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (M.A.)--Boston University