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Author: Martin Luther

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521

Since the time of the apostles, threescore general and provincial councils have been held, among which only four are especially worthy of praise; two, those of Nicea and Constantinople, maintained and defended the Trinity and the godhead of Christ; the other two, those of Ephesus and Chalcedon, maintained Christ’s humanity. In the council of Nicea nothing is written or mentioned of any pope or bishop of Rome, as being there; only one bishop from the west, Ozius, bishop of Cordova, was present. The other bishops came from the churches in the east, Greece, Asia Minor, Egypt, Africa, etc.

Ah, Lord God! what are councils and conventions but grasping and vanity, wherein men dispute about titles, honors, precedence, and other fopperies? Let us consider what has been done by these councils in three hundred years; nothing but what concerns externals and Ceremonies; nothing at all touching true divine doctrine, the upright worshipping of God, or faith.

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Chicago: Martin Luther, "521," Table Talk, trans. William Hazlitt in The Table Talk or Familiar Discourse of Martin Luther (London: D. Bogue, 1848), Original Sources, accessed September 29, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=516D9MBXJAHP8VY.

MLA: Luther, Martin. "521." Table Talk, translted by William Hazlitt, in The Table Talk or Familiar Discourse of Martin Luther, London, D. Bogue, 1848, Original Sources. 29 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=516D9MBXJAHP8VY.

Harvard: Luther, M, '521' in Table Talk, trans. . cited in 1848, The Table Talk or Familiar Discourse of Martin Luther, D. Bogue, London. Original Sources, retrieved 29 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=516D9MBXJAHP8VY.