A Reformation Parody

According to Roland Bainton (Here I Stand), before Luther went to Worms for the famous trial (April 1521), one tract was floating around as a parody of the Apostle’s Creed.  It gives us a flavor of the “air” surrounding Luther in the early years of the Reformation.  Here is the text of it.  Imagine thousands of these floating around Germany as Luther made his way to the Diet!

I believe in the pope, binder and looser in heaven, earth, and hell, and in Simony, his only son our lord, who was conceived by the canon law and born of the Romish church. Under his power truth suffered, was crucified, dead and buried, and through the ban descended to hell, rose again through the gospel and Paul and was brought to Charles, sitting at his right hand, who in future is to rule over spiritual and worldly things. I believe in the canon law, in the Romish church, in the destruction of faith and of the communion of saints, in indulgences both for the remission of guilt and penalty in purgatory, in the resurrection of the flesh in an Epicurean life, because given to us by the Holy Father, the pope. Amen.”

shane lems

sunnyside wa

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