—if that learned man would only talk, instead of allowing himself to be talked to by Mr. Brooke, who was just then informing him that the Reformation either meant something or it did not, that he himself was a Protestant to the core, but that Catholicism was a fact; and as to refusing an acre of your ground for a Romanist chapel, all men needed the bridle of religion, which, properly speaking, was the dread of a Hereafter.
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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.