Thursday, February 9, 2012

Stuff I learned about Martin Luther

In the course of my morning reading, the following facts came to light about Martin Luther:
  • He called his wife "Lady Luther, Lady Doctor, Lady of the Pigmarket" (apparently, that was a compliment in 16th century Germany).
  • "He was too poor to keep a horse and carriage, but he kept a bowling-alley for exercise."
  • He once offered a prize to his dinner guests for the one who could say the shortest blessing. (Philip Melanchthon won with: Benedictus Benedicat, something to the effect of "bless us o Blessed One.")
  • He paid his wife fifty guilders to read the Bible cover to cover.
  • "He regarded comets, which he calls 'harlot stars,' as tokens of God's wrath or as works of the Devil." (I now have something to shout every time I see a comet...)
From Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, vol. 7, chapter 78.

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