Martin Luther (He May Not Be Who You Think)

April 6, 2011

James Swan has a personal hobby of digging up all he can on Martin Luther, not only to learn about the great reformer, but also to help clear up misconceptions about him. There are so many.

Here is a link to 10 common myths about Luther. One rumor he clears up is the one where it’s said that Luther got his solafide epiphany while sitting on the toilet. Swan clarifies that this can’t be the case because Luther was in the tower when he had it and there were no bathrooms in the tower. He also mentions that the language in regard to the toilet wasn’t literal but an idiom meaning he was in a depressed state at that time of his life.

I can’t help but point out that we have the same idiom in English. Haven’t you ever been down in the dumps?!

Here is also a link where Swan exposes more Luther myths. There are 5 radio shows in total to download here. It’s really good stuff!

Here is also a link to Swan’s blog, where he addresses a plethora of other Luther misconceptions. The link I provide dumps you right into the heart of some Luther myths, not the home page. His blog is also a great resource.


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