Luther is sometimes a rather dense read and without some guidance it’s simply a fact that a lot of students don’t know what to make of him.
Accordingly, the Fortress Annotated Luther comes highly recommended (by me). I’ve read the first five volumes and find them wholly useful and not terribly inaccurate.
It’s Luther’s birthday. Buy yourself some Luther along with some really helpful guidance in terms of understanding him. You can’t get Luther a gift- but you can get yourself the gift of Luther.
And no, Fortress didn’t ask me to say that nor did they give me any of Luther’s books to do it. It comes from my magnanimously helpful heart. You’re welcome.
Read one of his early sermons:
The blind, uncaring, perverse, evil acceptance of any behavior from Republican candidates simply so that they can retain power. They are godless pagans and they know nothing of values, ethics, morals, or faith in God. They are Satan’s Own Party.
Das Novemberpogrom in der Nacht vom 9. auf den 10. November 1938 – auch „Reichskristallnacht“ oder „Reichspogromnacht“ genannt – war eine vom nationalsozialistischen Regime aus organisierte und gelenkte Aktion gegen Juden und jüdische Einrichtungen im gesamten Deutschen Reich.
Mehr als 1400 Synagogen, Betstuben und Versammlungsräume wurden zerstört sowie Tausende von jüdischen Friedhöfen, Geschäfte und Wohnungen. 400 Menschen jüdischer Herkunft wurden in der Zeit vom 7. bis 13. November 1938 ermordet oder in den Selbstmord getrieben. Weitere Hunderte starben, als in den folgenden Tagen 30.000 Menschen in Konzentrationslager verschleppt wurden. Dieser in der neueren Geschichte der zivilisierten Welt ungeheuerliche Vorgang markierte die Wende von der Diskriminierung der Juden seit 1933 zur systematischen Verfolgung.
And much more. Never must we allow this kind of thing to happen again to any. Which is precisely why we must never forget.
Read it here.
Roy Moore, the Republican Party’s senate candidate in Alabama, went to Steve Bannon’s Breitbart in an attempt to head off accusations of child molestation that are now surfacing.
Moore has been an icon of the conservative movement for years. He has beat the drum in opposition to marriage equality between consenting adults, claiming it would lead to “multiple marriages” or possibly “marriages between men and their daughters or women and their sons.”
Moore now stands accused of child molestation, and has been caught desperately trying to get his conservative allies to cover up the bombshell news story for him.
An email inquiry from a Washington Post reporter was forwarded to Breitbart, which quickly put together a story defending Moore. The right-wing propaganda site positioned the serious allegations against Moore as coming after the Post’s editorial board endorsed Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate.
But the effort is likely to backfire, and underlines the seriousness of the claims against Moore.
Moore should be arrested and when convicted, imprisoned to the fullest extent of the law. The vile hypocrite, traipsing around the country pretending to be Godly with his 10 Commandments crusade. Vile and disgusting wretch.
- Zwingli is the most important because he was the smartest and best thinker.
- Calvin is the second most important because he was good but not as good as Zwingli.
- Hus is the third most important because he’s the only East European.
- Wycliffe is the fourth most important because he was ok, but not really great.
- Luther is the fifth most important because he didn’t really reform anything that was papist. He didn’t. Really. The mass was still the mass and confession was still confession and Mary-olotry was still Mary-olotry and the only thing he changed was the allegiance of Germany away from Rome. He was a German Henry VIII. That’s all.
But he’s cool so tomorrow I’ll wish him a happy birthday anyway. Even though he’s bland as Barth but not as wicked (because he never went to the mountains with his secretary [and Barth’s followers HATE it when you remind them of that. They HATE it and even write you emails telling you not to do it because they’re concerned for your well being…]).
Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.
It was early 1979 and Moore — now the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat — was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.
“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she remembers thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.” Corfman says she asked Moore to take her home, and he did.
Two of Corfman’s childhood friends say she told them at the time that she was seeing an older man, and one says Corfman identified the man as Moore. Wells says her daughter told her about the encounter more than a decade later, as Moore was becoming more prominent as a local judge.
Read the rest. There’s just something about these far right authoritarians (and one’s on the far left too, right Harvey Weinstein) that makes them sexual predators. There’s a special place in hell for all of them.
As related by Kurt Anders Richardson on FB-
Some years ago as a visiting prof at Uni Marburg theologische Fakultaet, I was told several times by different people about a certain non-lecture event. On the morning after that first Nazi pogrom, “Kristallnacht”, the regular lecture of Rudolf Bultmann was to take place.
His usual hall was on the third floor in the south east corner of the building with windows on two sides. For years the view had included the Synagogue of Marburg; but now, it was a smoking foundation.
Bultmann walked in at his usual time to a packed and silent room, everyone braced to hear what he might have to say – although all were now fearful to say anything. He came to the lectern, opened his folder, but immediately turned away from the students, walking over to the windows. For the entire period Bultmann stood staring out the window at the empty space and made no sound whatsoever. At the end of the time he returned to his notes, closed the folder, and walked out of the room.
Sometimes, many times indeed, silence speaks loudest of all. Bultmann became a member of the Confessing Church and an inveterate foe of the ‘German Christians’ and Naziism. Because of his standing he was left alone. Had he been a man of less importance there is no reason to believe he wouldn’t have died in a death camp.
On this anniversary of Kristallnacht, a story of resistance to Hitler you may not know-
It was  years on November 9 since [Maurice] Bavaud, born in Neuchâtel, failed in his attempt to shoot Hitler at a rally in Munich because spectators in front of him raised their hands for the Nazi salute.
He was arrested by the Gestapo in Paris and eventually admitted his plans under torture. He was tried on December 18, 1938 and sentenced to death. He was guillotined in the Berlin-Plötzensee prison on May 14, 1941.
Bavaud’s father attempted to rehabilitate his son, resulting in a court decision of December 12, 1955 reversing the death sentence but posthumously condemning Bavaud to a five-year sentence, arguing that Hitler’s life was protected by law just like any other life.
A second verdict of 1956 reversed the prison sentence and Germany paid Bavaud’s family the sum of SFr40,000 in reparation.
The Swiss government admitted in 1989 and again in 1998 that the Swiss authorities had not made a sufficient effort to save Bavaud.
NBC news adds this snippet of detail-
Student Maurice Bavaud, 25, who was from the western Swiss town of Neuchatel, was executed in Berlin’s notorious Ploetzensee prison after failing in his attempt to shoot Hitler at a Nazi parade in Munich on Nov. 9, 1938. By coincidence, Bavaud made his attempt just hours before Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, when Nazis destroyed synagogues and Jewish businesses across Germany and Austria.
We struggle and waver in the matter of Providence. When It presents Itself before our eyes so plainly that we are forced even against our will to see It, regard It, and execute Its commands, we yet bid ourselves to hope for results according to our own desires.
This recklessness sometimes goes so far that it promises us the treasures of the Indies even in spite of the Deity. But however we clamor and whatever we devise, the plans of God remain unchanged. Tyrants scheme, and restless peasants, far less skillful and happy in plotting than they, also scheme, the one to strangle the sprouting germ of the Gospel, that the boundless extortions with which they keep up every lewdness and luxury may not be brought to light, nor the distinction between right and wrong be seen, lest the wiles of their crooked lives and words be discovered, and they be no longer able to cover up their violence with the name of righteousness, if ever the people understand what force and right are; the others to see how under pretense of championing the Gospel they can aim at unrestrained wantonness rather than at the liberty of a free man.
Does not greed urge them on as much as it did Balak and Balaam? But what purpose will finally succeed? Certainly not Balak’s, however much he rages and fears for his kingdom, for the camp of Israel will be safe under the protection of the Lord; nor the purpose of Balaam boiling with greed, for the Gospel of Christ seeketh not wantonness nor wrong. But the purpose of the Lord will be victorious, in accordance with which He has determined to cleanse His Church of the worst rubbish, not to introduce it therein.*
*The Latin Works of Huldreich Zwingli, (Vol. 2, p. 231).
We know how insatiable are the desires of kings, inasmuch as they imagine that all things are lawful to them. Therefore, although the royal dignity may be splendid, God would not have it to be the pretext of unrestrained power, but restricts and limits it to legal bounds. — John Calvin