Thursday, October 26, 2017

Luther, We Knew Thee Not

"Luther . . . believed firmly that the Second Coming of Christ was imminent, and seemed to feel that, time being short, life should be lived to the fullest. He celebrated conviviality—no great novelty in Wittenberg, where one out of three houses was licensed to brew beer—and was unusually supportive of women. In his view, a woman with an impotent or unwilling husband should seek a divorce and, if he refuses, request sex with one of his relatives or friends. Failing that, she might leave and start fresh in another town. Luther, who lived out his life in familial contentment, undertook considerable legal wrangling to will his entire estate to Katharina, rather than to their sons. He died in 1546."

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  1. That sarcastic small writing might be written by a Roman Catholic or any other who does not think much of his finding, the pure righteousness of Faith alone. I just read, that in my country the soldier's daily portion of beer was about half a gallon.

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