Monthly Archives: September 2014

St. Francis Xavier’s Work in Japan

St. Francis Xavier was a Roman Catholic missionary who lived from 1506 to 1552. He is also known to be a co-founder of the Society of Jesus. Most of his missionary work took place in Japan and in a letter … Continue reading

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King Henry the VIII and the Beginning to the English Reformation

While Martin Luther was causing a stir in Germany with his new views on the Christian religion there was a reformation-taking place in England. However, this reformation was very different from Martin Luther’s. King Henry the VIII started the English … Continue reading

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John Calvin on Predestination

In the 16th century there were those who believed that double predestination makes God a being that dispenses justice unequally. They believed that God either saves all men or damns all men to hell. They refused to believe that God could … Continue reading

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Martin Luther on Faith and Honor

Martin Luther, the famous 16th century forerunner of the Protestant Reformation, wrote a book titled On the Freedom of a Christian. In this work he stated some major points to which he believed everyone who believes in the Christian faith … Continue reading

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Martin Luther and the 95 Theses

In 1517, Martin Luther  nailed the 95 Theses to the doors of the church in Wittenberg. Luther in his Theses presents a case against nepotism, simony, usury, pluralism, and the sale of indulgences. However, his argument was mostly focused against … Continue reading

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The Way to Life: Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich

In 1886, the Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, famous for such masterpieces as Anna Karenina and War and Peace, penned a short novella: The Death of Ivan Ilyich. The title character is a 19th century Russian businessman who seems to have … Continue reading

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