Luther: To The Papists Who Criticized His German Translation of the New Testament

Luther writes

Please give these asses no other and no further answer to their useless braying about the word sola than simply this, “Luther will have it so, and says that he is a doctor above all the doctors of the whole papacy.” It shall stay at that! Henceforth I shall simply hold them in contempt, and have them held in contempt, so long as they are the kind of people—I should say, asses—that they are. There are shameless nincompoops among them who have never learned their own art of sophistry—like Dr. Schmidt and Doctor Snotty-Nose, and their likes—and who set themselves against me in this matter, which transcends not only sophistry, but (as St. Paul says [I Cor. 1:19–25]), all the world’s wisdom and understanding as well. Truly an ass need not sing much; he is already well known anyway by his ears.*

So, go right on with your bad self and annoy Luther with criticism of his scholarship. You won’t be very happy that you’ve done so in the end.
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*M. Luther, Luther’s works, vol. 35: Word and Sacrament I, p. 187.

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