Fun Facts From Church History: How Luther Became an Amulet

In the second half of the sixteenth century, in a strange inversion of the devotional traditions so fiercely condemned by evangelicals, portraits of Luther would take on the imputed powers of a amulet, or even perform miracles, such as when a portrait of Luther emerged unscathed from a conflagration that destroyed everything else in the house: the ‘incombustible Luther’.  — Andrew Pettegree