"The first period in man's life-that in which he is formed and moulded under the hand of God-is always important. It is eminently so in the career of Martin Luther. The whole of the Reformation is included in it. The different phases of this work succeeded one another in the soul of him who was to be the instrument for effecting it, before they were accomplished in the world. The knowledge of the change that took place in Luther's heart can alone furnish the key to the reformation of the Church. It is only by studying the particulars that we can understand the general work. Those who neglect the former will be ignorant of the latter except in its outward appearance.... Let us study the Reformation in Luther himself, before we proceed to the events that changed the face of Christendom."-J.H. Merle D'Aubignè
As one of the great minds of the Reformation times said: "What an age! Studies flourished, minds were awakening: it was a joy merely to be alive!" The world of the Reformation times "waited in expectancy. Luther appeared."