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The Most Powerful Help to the Reformation

Philip Schaff

Luther’s New Testament was so much multiplied and spread by printers that even tailors and shoemakers, yea, even women and ignorant persons who had accepted this new Lutheran gospel, and could read a little German, studied it with the greatest avidity as the fountain of all truth. Some committed it to memory, and carried it about in their bosom. In a few months such people deemed themselves so learned that they were not ashamed to dispute about faith and the gospel not only with Catholic laymen, but even with priests and monks and doctors of divinity….

The German Bible of Luther was saluted with the greatest enthusiasm, and became the most powerful help to the Reformation.

Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, The German Reformation, 350.