I thought I’d post a picture of the door of Wittenberg instead of the face. Martin Luther was *really quite an ugly man – a sentiment expressed in quite a few other theologians (or perhaps they were just rude to the artists?)… nicely though now. Good on him for whacking his disgruntlements about indulgences up for the world to see.
So in honor of my Dad’s Reformed church background and in honor of probably of my own – here’s to the guy who was brave and managed to change history with a piece of paper, a steady aim and lot of ideas.
Also you know… for translating the Bible into the vernacular (boy I love that word) and marrying a young nun even though he was worried that he’d die a heretic and didn’t really want to put anyone through that stress.
I think it’s important to understand our history, however I think it’s also valuable to recognise that even the most regarded aren’t perfect. Antisemitism is nothing to write home about.
Thus concludes my highly incomplete thoughts on Luther. Thanks to the past church history classes I’ve taken, Colin Youl, Craig Brown. The background has served me well. I couldn’t have posted this without you (or without wikipedia to refresh my memory).
Post dedication to here, as it made me realise that it’s ‘Reformation Day’.
*And if I by some fluke I happen to win via a pingback, please give the takings to someone else.