Wednesday, November 01, 2006


With yesterday being said to be the day that Martin Luther (1483-1546) nailed his thesis to the door at Wittenberg church door, I watched Luther with a group of friends. I found it rather well done. I previously had only watched the old Luther film.

There is great significance in Martin Luther's experience and doings in Germany. His actions obviously had ramifications for the religious life of the Western world. But it also had an amazing impact on Western culture, poltics, and civil liberties. There are a number of points that one may disagree with Martin Luther on, but it is foolish to ignore or undermine his contributions to the cause of truth and religion.

Here is one of my favorite Martin Luther quotes: "Faith is a living, bold trust in God's grace, so certain of God's favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it. Such confidence and knowledge of God's grace makes you happy, joyful and bold in your relationship to God and all creatures. The Holy Spirit makes this happen through faith. Because of it, you freely, willingly and joyfully do good to everyone, serve everyone, suffer all kinds of things, love and praise the God who has shown you such grace." (from "An Introduction to St. Paul's Letter to the Romans")

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