Lutheran Reformers Missed the Opportunity of a Millennium - On Why Lutherans Didn't Become Orthodox When Breaking with the Pope

A series of letters were exchanged between the Lutheran Reformers and two Orthodox Patriarchs. Ultimately, Lutherans would not renounce their heresies, and nothing came of the relationship. . .

Originally appeared at: Insitum Verbum

On the occasion of the 500-year Anniversary of the Reformation, FR. PANAYIOTIS PAPAGEORGIOU, Ph.D., was invited to Lutherstadt-Wittenburg in Germany, Ground Zero of the Protestant Reformation to offer a paper on the relationship of the Reformers with the Orthodox Church in the 16th century at a Conference "Reformation Institute" organized under the auspices of Ambrose University of Calgary, Canada

In the 16th century, two efforts were made by the Lutheran Reformers to communicate their positions to the Patriarchs of Constantinople Joasaph II and Jeremias II - particularly under Philipp Melanchthon, in the years after the Reformation. A series of letters were finally exchanged. This is a very interesting topic that is as important today as it was then. Fr. Panayiotis offers an overview of the events leading to the exchange of letters and commends on the responses of Patriarch Jeremias. Ultimately, Lutherans would not renounce their heresies, and nothing came of the relationship.

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