by Martin Luther
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In 1517, Martin Luther's 95 Theses sparked
the Protestant Reformation by challenging the practices of the Roman
Catholic Church and the authority of the pope. Many of Luther's books
were ordered to be burned as a result of Luther's dissent. Despite this
fact, a copy of Martin Luther's Table Talk (then entitled
Discourses) was found preserved under the foundations of a German
citizen's home in 1626. Table Talk contains a series of informal
conversations Luther shared with his students and colleagues in his
home. The topics of these conversations range from religious doctrine
and history to instructions regarding government, church, and the
academic university. Throughout this text, Luther presents his beliefs
boldly, and at times, his opinions may seem extremely biased. While the
ethical implications of Luther's views are highly debated, Table
provides an uncensored look at Luther's influential
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