Luther’s Call to Resistance: “Not with Violence, but the Word”

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"Martin Luther als Junker Jörg," painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder in 1522. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Some remember Martin Luther as an inspiring resistance theologian. Others see him in a negative light due to his indefensible stance against the peasants in their revolt in the 1520s, which he entitled, “Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes of Peasants,” and particularly due to the anti-Semitic rantings he published in his declining years. While not seeking to apologize for these unconscionable writings, I am nevertheless interested in discussing some of his insights that may resonate for progressive people of faith.
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Rev. Thomas W. Strieter Ph.D., a Lutheran minister, has divided his career of fifty-plus years between the parish and academia. He is a social and political activist in progressive human rights, peace and justice issues and interracial and interfaith affairs.
 

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Strieter, Thomas W. 2011. Luther’s Call to Resistance: “Not with Violence, but the Word.” Tikkun 26(3).

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