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Martin Luther’s Views on Superstition, Witchcraft, and Faith between 1518 and 1529

Martin Luther’s Views on Superstition, Witchcraft, and Faith between 1518 and 1529 Martin Luther’s Views on Superstition, Witchcraft, and Faith between 1518 and 1529 By Peter A. Morton I. INTRODUCTION In this article I examine developments in Martin Luther’s views on supersti- tion, popular magic, and witchcraft between his earliest extended treatment ofthesubjectin 1516–1518andthepublicationoftheLargeandSmallCate- chisms in 1529. Luther’s earliest views were expressed in a set of sermons on theTenCommandmentsgiveninthecitychurchofWittenbergbetweenJune 1516 and February 1517, and published in 1518 as Decem praecepta Witten- bergensi predicata populo (The Ten Commandments Preached to the People of Wittenberg). InthesesermonsLuther’spositionwasbasedonaprovidentialist premise, according to which all suffering, including that caused by witches, is not merely permitted by God, but occurs in accordance with his will. His 1. I would like to thank the anonymous reviewers of this paper and the journal editor, Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer,forextensive andvery helpful commentsandsuggestions. For a detailed, close study of Martin Luther’s positions on magic and witchcraft, see Jörg Haustein,MartinLuthersStellungzumZauber-undHexenwesen(Stuttgart:W.Kohlhammer, 1990). Other studies of Luther on witchcraft are Euan Cameron, Enchanted Europe: Super- stition,Reason,andReligion,1250–1750(Oxford:OxfordUniversityPress,2010),156–195; Günther Jerouschek, “Luthers Hexenglaube und die Hexenvervolgung,” in Wittenberg: Ein Zentrum Europäischer Rechtsgeschichte und Rechtskultur, ed. Heiner Lück and Heinrich de Wall (Cologne: Böhlau, 2006), 37–149; Sigrid Brauner, “Martin Luther on Witchcraft: A True Reformer?,” in The Politics of Gender http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte - Archive for Reformation History de Gruyter

Martin Luther’s Views on Superstition, Witchcraft, and Faith between 1518 and 1529

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Martin Luther’s Views on Superstition, Witchcraft, and Faith between 1518 and 1529 By Peter A. Morton I. INTRODUCTION In this article I examine developments in Martin Luther’s views on supersti- tion, popular magic, and witchcraft between his earliest extended treatment ofthesubjectin 1516–1518andthepublicationoftheLargeandSmallCate- chisms in 1529. Luther’s earliest views were expressed in a set of sermons on theTenCommandmentsgiveninthecitychurchofWittenbergbetweenJune 1516 and February 1517, and published in 1518 as Decem praecepta Witten- bergensi predicata populo (The Ten Commandments Preached to the People of Wittenberg). InthesesermonsLuther’spositionwasbasedonaprovidentialist premise, according to which all suffering, including that caused by witches, is not merely permitted by God, but occurs in accordance with his will. His 1. I would like to thank the anonymous reviewers of this paper and the journal editor, Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer,forextensive andvery helpful commentsandsuggestions. For a detailed, close study of Martin Luther’s positions on magic and witchcraft, see Jörg Haustein,MartinLuthersStellungzumZauber-undHexenwesen(Stuttgart:W.Kohlhammer, 1990). Other studies of Luther on witchcraft are Euan Cameron, Enchanted Europe: Super- stition,Reason,andReligion,1250–1750(Oxford:OxfordUniversityPress,2010),156–195; Günther Jerouschek, “Luthers Hexenglaube und die Hexenvervolgung,” in Wittenberg: Ein Zentrum Europäischer Rechtsgeschichte und Rechtskultur, ed. Heiner Lück and Heinrich de Wall (Cologne: Böhlau, 2006), 37–149; Sigrid Brauner, “Martin Luther on Witchcraft: A True Reformer?,” in The Politics of Gender

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Published: Oct 1, 2021

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