Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Luther legend shitstorm about to hit
I blogged nearly three years ago about myth vs reality on Martin Luther, well in advance of the 500th anniversary of his allegedly doing something with some theses. Indeed, I started with that legend, for legend it is, that he nailed them to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church.
And, I was already planning on starting a series of blog posts with the anniversary nearing vision.
Unfortunately, I didn’t think that a liberal American opinion magazine would be the spark for my memory, to get started.
But, it is.
The Nation uncritically repeats the legend about the 95 theses (It's unclear whether any of the books it reviews have this, or just itself) in a review of several new biographies about Luther and/or his times.
Luther also did not say, as best as we know, "Here I stand, I can do no more," at the Diet of Worms in 1521. The "Here I stand" legend is refuted at the first of the two links in the paragraph above and also here.
Beyond that, the largest Lutheran denomination in the US rejects or questions some Luther myths, including the 95 Theses and the Here I stand.
And, as noted in that original piece, Luther’s virulent anti-semitism is no legend at all.