So, when this loose behaviour I throw off, And pay the debt I never promised, By how much better than my word I am, By so much shall I falsify men’s hopes; And, like bright metal on a sullen ground, My reformation, glittering o’er my fault, Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes Than that which hath no foil to set it off.
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Most scholars date the reformation from Luther’s 1517 publishing of The Ninety-Five Theses to the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia.
Unlike most involved in the Reformation, Luther argued that free will was the central issue.