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Monday, October 31, 2005

Luther Reformation Legends

In honor of today being Reformation Day (well, and Halloween too), I would like to share some of the legends I have heard about Martin Luther and the Reformation. I cannot and will not verify the factuality of these legends. I will only pass them on like gossip.

* Martin Luther would drink his Small Catechism. He had a beer stein with the Creed, Ten Commandments, and the Lord's Prayer. When he drank, once one of the portions of the Catechism emerged from the beer, then he would pray that prayer.

* Martin Luther was not planning to get married himself. However, once he married Katherine Von Bora, he almost instantaneously "enjoyed" married life. The straw from his bed was so rotten, and their lovemaking was so passionate, that they broke the bed on their wedding knight.

OK - those are the only two "legends" I know. Other fun facts can be found easily.
* In his earlier reverence for the Pope, Luther referred to himself as a "little shit"
* Katherine Von Bora and the other nuns were smuggled out of the convent in herring barrels
* Augsburg Fortress, the publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has made a killing from a book with Luther winking on the cover. There is no evidence that Luther winked in real life

Happy Reformation!


Blogger LutheranChik said...

Hi, Ross! Happy Reformation Day (belated) right back at ya. Come visit my blog sometime...always happy to invite "family," especially fellow Lutherans!

4:55 PM  

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