Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Incomparable Luther

Ran across this statement from Luther today:

"Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object which is abused. Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we then prohibit and abolish women?" -- Martin Luther


Rick Calohan said...

Leave it to a former monk who married a former nun to prioritize the Spirit(s) and the Flesh in proper order.

“On the evening of 13 June, 1525, Luther married Katharina von Bora, one of a group of 12 nuns he had helped escape from the Nimbschen Cistercian convent in April 1523, arranging for them to be smuggled out in herring barrels. "Suddenly, and while I was occupied with far different thoughts," he wrote to his friend Link, "the Lord has plunged me into marriage." Katharina was twenty-six years old, Luther forty-two.

Schaff, Philip, History of the Christian Church, Vol VII, Ch V.

Zach said...

Excellent quote, Tony. I also like this one by G.K. Chesterton:

“We should thank God for beer and burgundy by not drinking too much of them.”

Thankfully, Reformed and Catholic can have our theological debates with conviviality!

Roger Mann said...

Katharina was twenty-six years old, Luther forty-two.

Forty-two, and he landed a twenty-six year old? I’m impressed! Luther’s da man! As an old man of forty-three, I’m impressed!!!

Jim said...

You can get rid of the wine, as long as you leave me the beer.

Wayne said...

Well, she may have been 26, but the story my mom always told me was that Luther took her because no one else wanted her. :-)

Lyle said...

If we prohibited and abolished women, we would pretty much be able to understand and figure out everyone who was left, and what fun would that be?

Malcol m said...

I think the follows the same line of logic

For those that don't know him, Major General Peter Cosgrove is the commander in chief of the Australian armed forces and an 'Australian treasure!'

General Cosgrove was interviewed on the radio recently.
You'll love his reply to the lady who interviewed him concerning guns and children. Regardless of how you feel about gun laws you gotta love this! This is one of the best comeback lines of all time. It is a portion of an ABC interview between a female broadcaster and General Cosgrove who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military headquarters.


So, General Cosgrove,what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?


We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery and shooting.


Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?


I don't see why,they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range.


Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?


I don't see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.


But you're equipping them to become violent killers.


Well, Ma'am, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you?

Frontier Forest said...

What a great, radical, visionary man of God! Sure thankful that I am finally coming to grips with the far-reaching depths of his ministry.