Monday, June 13, 2011

Strange Words from Luther

Though we hold Luther in high regard, Luther is not the one who defines Lutheranism but the Concordia, the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Nevertheless, Luther was no politically correct speaker and consequently he is a heck of a lot more fun than most theological teachers are today.  Well, Jack Kilcrease has posted some of the strange ones and I added a few so so that you may judge for yourself....  It would have been a ball to sit in Luther's classroom...

1. Satan is responsible for bad beer. (Table Talk)
2. Luther's next door neighbour growing up was a witch. She caused nose bleeds in his brother and him. Their mother had to appease her with pastries. (Table Talk)
3. A woman in Luther's town growing up gave birth to a mouse. (Table Talk)
4. Witches cause calves to be born with two heads. (Galatians Commentary, 1531)
5. Witches cause crop damage and hail (Galatians Commentary, 1531).
6. The per capita witchcraft rate has declined since the beginning of the Reformation (Galatians commentary, 1531).
7. The Pope has his breakfast served to him by seven naked girls. (Table talk).
8. The world will only last for another 50 years, since the world can only last for 6,000 years (Chronicle of the Years of the world, 1541).
9. Luther said he got married to spite the Devil and the Pope (Letter, 1525).
10. I would much, much rather be a sow than a human being (On the Jews and their Lies)
11. But I resist the devil, and often it is with a fart that I chase him away. (Table Talk)
12. Who loves not wine, women and song, Remains a fool his whole life long 
13. Be thou comforted, little dog, Thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail
14. I never work better than when I am inspired by anger
Among others...   


Norman Teigen said...

The Great Reformer had a great sense of humor.

Steve said...

Pastor P,
I'm sorry, I had to steal this for my facebook page.


Janis Williams said...

#14. "I never work better than when I am inspired by anger."

Any a woman married to a normal man has cleaned her kitchen MANY time after a fight.

Anonymous said...

Luther was the Yogi Berra of German theologians.

Ted Badje said...

That's why I do a 'Hail Luther' whenever I drink a beer. 'Hail Luther, do be near, don't let the devil spoil my beer.' ;-).