Theology? O’Connor is talking about history …which is the topic of the thread, yes? O’Connors book is based on a simple premise …. "My only and sole purpose is to inquire into the question, wheither, in any sense of the word, Luther can be looked upon as a Reformer commissioned by Almighty God.
and continues … "whenever, therefore we read in the Bible that either Prophets or Apostles act as the chosen instruments of Heaven, we also find ----
A. that the manner in which they teach is in accordance with supreme Dignity of Him who sends them;
B. that the doctrines which they inculcate are worthy of the God of all Truth; and,
C. That the results of their teaching are such as to entitle them to be revered as the messengers of God of Infinite Holiness.
If, therefore, Luther’s character as a Refomer can stand this three-fold test, we MUST look upon him as a vessel of election chosen by God to do a great work in His Church. If, however, Luther’s teaching is not in accordance with this three-fold standard, we cannot reasonably admit his claims." [Introduction - pg7 - see link below]
That seems to be a fair standard to me … and the reason I thought we were all here … to take a look at the historical Luther and sift through the falsehoods, legends and myths.
So I propose we step back into the 16th century and take a look around …using historical records … my next post will take a look at around 1500-1521.