Excerpt from The Evangelical Record and Western Review, Vol. 2: September, 1813
In the year 1510, he was sent to Rome on some business, which related to his own monastery, and this he discharged with so much ability and success, that on his return, he was compelled by the vicar general to assume the degree of doctor of divinity. He writes, that he did this with great reluctance, and entirely from obedience to his superiors. It is easy indeed for a man to say this; but, from the mouth of Luther it is with me decisive of its, truth. For veracity and inte grity do evidently appear to have remarkably entered into the charadter of this reformer, as indeed these -virtues at? Always to be eminently found in those, who have had the most genuine experience of chris tianity. The expenses attending this hi gh' degree were defrayedby the elector of Saxony, who always admit ed Luther, and was perfectly convinced of the pro fundity of his learning and the rectitude of his views in religion. \vhile he had been at Rome, he had dis covered something of the singularity of his character, which had attracted the attention of the Italian priests. The external rites of religion, which to them were matter of political formality, with him were serious ex ercises. While they hurried over their exercises of the mass, he performed his with a sole mnity and devotion.
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