In lecture four, Dr. Trueman continues his analysis of Marin Luther’s impact on the formative years leading up to the Reformation. He argues that indulgences were not the fuel that lit the fire of reform but instead the disputation on scholastic theology. He makes the point that the Roman Catholic Church didn’t realize what they were dealing with when it came to Luther, which gave the reformer relative freedom to operate.
The subjects covered in this lecture include the Heidelberg Disputation, Martin Bucer, Aristotelian anthropology, theologians of glory, theologians of the cross, epistemology, Electoral Saxony, Emser, and the Dresden monastery brouhaha.
There is an interesting parenthesis regarding Donald Trump during the lecture. Also, Dr. Trueman’s insights on the theological and philosophical theses of the Heidelberg Disputation are enlightening if one desires to get into the mind of Martin Luther.