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Anonymous asked: What are your thoughts on Martin Luther?
In some ways I do have to admire him. He stood up against the Pope, who was arguably the most powerful person in the entire world at that point, and lived to talk about it. He condemned the obviously idiotic and phoney practice of selling indulgence to be able to get away with sinning. It took a lot of bravery for him to do what he did and perhaps if he wasn’t so misguided with religion he could have been a great skeptic. He could also be credited with doing a great service in bringing the bible and therefor literacy to more common people. His life definitely had far reaching effects.
In the end though of course, he is wrong. He is still focusing within a very small world view, a very small framework that he is looking at. It is hard to imagine how his views would have changed if he had access to the great amount of information we have available to us today. He could have been perhaps even more influential. In some ways I do support what he did and I think many of his actions were positive. On the other hand of course though he was a anti-Semitic religious fanatic to the end, he just happened to be one that provided a bit more good than most.