The Catholic Luther? Wait… What?

I was web surfing recently when I ran across a discussion of the "Catholic Luther."  I remember reading that Martin Luther had a deep devotion to Mary as the Mother of God, and that he had a statue of Mary near his burial site in the Castle Church in Wittenberg.  But wasn't he really an opponent of Catholicism?My friend Dave Armstrong has written a book on the topic, and today I've invited Dave to share his insights into Luther's Catholic beliefs, drawn from the reformer's own wr … [Read more...]

LUTHER’S BONFIRE: A Conflagration of Ideas

Libraries are full of ordinary books stuffed with mediocre stories.  Mind candy, daytime soap operas in paper and ink, they titillate the imagination but are soon abandoned on the cranial cutting room floor.But every so often, one encounters an idea or a string of ideas—like pearls on a choker—stated with such profundity that they catapult across one’s cerebellum, knocking lesser theses off their comfortable perches, crashing into misconceptions, and inciting a riot of reevaluation.Such a … [Read more...]