Luther story board extra info

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  • Thomas Muntzer and Zwickau. Zwickau was radicalised in 1520 by Muntzer, a well educated parish priest.
  • I was an early supporter of Luther.
  • I started to become disillusioned with Luther's lack of interest in social and political issues. I preached that the Second Coming would be hastened by the destroying the wicked and by confiscating the rich's possessions. The Kingdom did not last and I was driven out of Zwickau.
  • Zwickau Prophets possessed a spirituality which was that the direct revelations were from the Holy Spirit, not Scripture and their authority in theological matters. Another highly distinctive feature was their opposition to pedobaptism (infantbaptism). Despite this, they do not seem to have departed from theory to have taken the turn, which would mark Anabaptism, to practicing adult baptism of believers.
  • Frederick the Wise. At a crucial period for the early Reformation, Frederick protected Luther from the Pope and the emperor. He took him into custody at the Wartburg castle after the Diet of Worms (1521), which put Luther under the imperial ban. His diplomatic stalling tactics meant that the opponents never found a weak point. He saw Luther as unjustly persecuted because Luther could not be found guilty of any real crime.
  • Luther was becoming more and more alarmed at these reports. When the town council of Wittenberg wrote to him, begging him to come back and restore order, he decided to leave the safety of the Wartburg and return.
  • Luther began the process of laying out what he believed to be the proper conduct of church services and started writing books to be used to educate the clergy and lay-people about the "correct" way of behaving and worshipping as Christians.
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