Literary Comparison Essay

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The two documents that will be discussed by comparing, analyzing and contrasting within this paper will be Ignatius of Loyola’s Rules for Thinking with the Church along side of an excerpt of Martin Luther’s writings from the Preface to the Complete Edition of Luther's Latin Works. Although there are many similarities within these documents as men of faith write them both, they are written from different perspectives of their faith. The first is written of the persuasion that one must be submissive to the Roman Catholic Church, and the other, a former Catholic reflecting upon when he, as a Catholic Monk, had an epiphany of the phrase “justice of God” looking at the scriptures writes the other.
First to be analyzed will be the
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Both men desire and hunger for closeness to their Lord Jesus Christ whom they love, adore and worship. While Ignatius discussed one Spirit, Christ and the Church governing and directing, Martin Luther is supposedly to have said something similar before the Diet of Worms when he was accused of heresy against the Roman Catholic Church as quoted here,
Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contra- directed themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against con- science. May God help me. Amen. (Brecht, 1996)
While Ignatius held complete allegiance to the Roman Catholic Church, Luther held this dedication and allegiance to Jesus Christ alone. While these two ideals seem to be so closely knit together, this is what separated the two and emphasized their differences. The first significant contrast with these two documents is the prior mentioned allegiances. Ignatius held allegiance to the Holy Mother Catholic Church, however, Luther held allegiance to the Jesus Christ. Ignatius wanted people to live according to the Church and the teachings they professed and

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