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Plummer on the Reformation 1912


Rev. Alfred Plummer, The Continental Reformation (1912; Robert Scott, London), 9.


‘If you could have convinced any one of the leaders [of the Reformation] that he was working toward the abolition of all religious restraints, he would at once have become an opponent.

The restraints which he desired to abolish, and the freedom which he desired to establish, were of a different kind.

He aimed at securing freedom for each individual soul to have communion with God in whatever way his personal experience taught him to be best for him.
And he believed that in this great struggle God was working surely, if slowly, on his side.

Will any Theist, who studies the course of events, condemn such belief as superstition? We do not obtain a more scientific view of history by leaving God out of the account.’