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2 THE 95 THESES by Martin Luther 1. When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, “Repent” (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of ...
17. With souls in purgatory it seems necessary that horror should grow less and love increase.
Another prominent opponent of the Theses was Johann Eck , Luther's friend and a theologian at the University of Ingolstadt . Eck wrote a refutation, intended for the Bishop of Eichstätt , entitled the Obelisks . This was in reference to the obelisks used to mark heretical passages in texts in the Middle Ages. It was a harsh and unexpected personal attack, charging Luther with heresy and stupidity. Luther responded privately with the Asterisks , titled after the asterisk marks then used to highlight important texts. Luther's response was angry and he expressed the opinion that Eck did not understand the matter on which he wrote.  The dispute between Luther and Eck would become public in the 1519 Leipzig Debate . 
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