RIP Martin Luther

Martin-Luther-1532I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.

Martin Luther, the German monk and reformer, died on this day in 1546. By questioning Catholic dogma via his Ninety-Five Theses–which were nailed to the door of the chapel at Wittenberg in October 1517–Luther began a movement that quickly grew out of control. Today, we know the unintentional result of the excommunicated priest’s stand as the Protestant Reformation.

Though known as much for his disputations with the Church leaders, Luther was a prolific writer. Besides his Ninety-Five Theses, he also translated the Bible into the 16th c vernacular, wrote both a small and large catechism, and penned countless sermons, letters, treatises, and hymns.

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