Thought by many to be Luther’s most important writing, this book Born Slaves was written in answer to a book by Erasmus, the great classical scholar and humanist, 1469-1536.
Both Erasmus and Martin Luther rejected many of the errors and failings of the Roman church of their day. But Martin Luther challenged, more and more, the Roman teaching of salvation by works. Erasmus, at first reluctant, at last yielded to pressure to state the teaching of ‘free-will’. His book is said to have pleased the Pope and Henry VIII.
Martin Luther was not pleased, however, and now declared Erasmus to be an enemy to the evangelical faith. In 1525 Born Slaves appeared from Luther’s pen, providing a complete rebuttal of Erasmus’ position.
Author: Martin Luther (November 10, 1483 to February 18, 1546) was a German monk. He began the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. That is why he became one of the most influential figures in Christian history. He also called into question some of the basic tenets of Roman Catholicism. His followers soon split from the Roman Catholic Church to begin the Protestant tradition.
His actions set in motion reform within the Church. As a prominent theologian he disired that people to feel closer to God. That him to translate the Bible into the language of the people. It radically changed the relationship between church leaders and their followers.
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, angry with Pope Leo X’s new round of indulgences to help build St. Peter’s Basilica, nailed a sheet of paper with his 95 Theses on the University of Wittenberg’s chapel door. Aided by the printing press, copies of the 95 Theses spread throughout Germany within two weeks and throughout Europe within two months.Download