We reviewed the new dramatized documentary, Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World, and then expressed puzzlement when we learned that it existed in another version, A Return to Grace: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther.
In the comments and on FaceBook, we discussed why there are two versions, with the latter being the version screened in Wisconsin Synod churches. We did a lot of speculation about whether there were fellowship issues or theological concerns behind the changes that were made.
I am very grateful that the writer and producer of the film, Mark Trinklein, weighed in at the comments. He explained why there are two versions. He said that the movie was, in fact, designed for multiple versions and that they are planning new ones for Europeans, Chinese, grade schoolers, and other kinds of audiences. He did say that they denied the request of a television network to “remove the religious material”!
Also weighing in was Rev. Mark Schroeder, the president of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. His comment is worth a separate post, which we will post tomorrow.
Again we see that we should always “put the best construction on everything.” Read Mr. Trinklein’s explanation after the jump. [Read more…]