Luther The Violent: An Early Bonhoeffer

“I have just been thinking about the Turks. If I were Samson I would give them something to think about. Every day I would kill a thousand Turks; in a year this would amount to 350,000 Turks.” — Martin Luther

Luther is channeling Dietrich Bonhoeffer with his murderous intentions isn’t he.  Or maybe Bonhoeffer was just willing to do something Luther was only willing to fantasize about…

[NB- I confess that his remark about 350,000 Turks total is a bit weird.  Did he have a calendar with only 350 days?]