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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 similarities within the two documents. Ignatius suggests we must, “keep our minds prepared and ready to obey promptly and in all things the true spouse of Christ our Lord” and while reading Luther’s writing one can attest this is exactly the sentiment of Luther as well; to be obedient to Christ without delay. They both wanted to follow the Lord Jesus Christ…