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An existential apologetic for christians in the Mahometisch Reich

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An analysis of Martin Luther's advice in a hitherto unexamined portion of Luther's Heerpredigt reveals his early thoughts on how a Christian should deal with the temptations one might experience under the Ottomans, and, especially, how one might respond to the Anfechtung caused by the allure of Islam. The life of Christians as citizens of the temporal Reich and Regiment was different under the authority of the Turckisch odder Mahometisch Reich, for because worldly authorities were ordained by God he considered it to be a Christian obligation to obey their Turkish masters. Luther gave similar advice to Christians who either through curiosity or in the company of their Muslim masters found themselves impressed by the external beauty (schonen eusserlichen) of prayers at a mosque.

Keywords: Anfechtung; Christians; Islam; Mahometisch Reich; Martin Luther; Muslim; Ottomans; Regiment



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