We are presently a little stuck in the time leading up to the Peasants War. We got a thorough analysis and summary of various things written against Karlstadt including "Against the Heavenly Prophets", (which we read almost entire but a bit in skim-like fashion just several days ago).
The business with Karlstadt is very important. Luther put his foot down and some think very hard. All the little details and what Karlstadt exactly taught are important to examine properly. The echo of this departure still reverberates in the world.
I liked this little summary of what Luther thought about it all:
(Or I would say: The pope commands and Karlstadt forbids.)
"both of them bind the conscience. In this regard they were cousins. In contrast, Luther would follow a middle course and let ceremonies be free."(p. 161, Martin Brecht, "Martin Luther; Shaping and Defining the Reformation.")
Also for James, I read the Heidelberg Catechism and I want to finish reading the Formual of Concord. I am going on a short trip which involves many airports. Since the BOC is too big, I will just bring the Brecht.
Here is a picture of Karlstadt. There do not seem to exist very many.
"The pope commands what is to be done (Gebot), Dr. Karlstadt what is not to be done (Verbot)".