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Luther's Theses and the Role of the Printing Press [audio] (newberry.org)
20 points by brudgers 190 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 7 comments

Make sure to check out Dan Carlin's Prophets of Doom http://www.dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-48-prophet... after you are done with this one.....

This is from the Newberry Library, in Chicago, a premier private research library.

Show Notes

1:58 – Luther’s original goals for the 95 Theses.

4:10 – Today, the 95 Theses look a lot like the sixteenth-century version of a listicle. Was this a common form for presenting theological arguments in those days?

7:07 – A reading of thesis #32.

9:16 – At what point did Luther realize just how revolutionary the 95 Theses were?

11:37 – Print spreads Luther’s ideas much farther than he ever imagined possible.

13:38 – Rome’s response to the 95 Theses.

15:37 – Luther harnesses the power of print to win public opinion and make theological debates accessible to a larger audience.

19:12 – The synergy between the medium (print) and the message (direct access to the Bible).

23:18 – Luther’s regrets after empowering people to read the Bible and giving them a model for sharing their ideas with the world.

I absolutely love Luther but today's evangelical church would mostly hate him.

My favorite thing was the book covers of his books and pamphlets. One had the Pope blowing a trumpet with his flatulence with his bare butt cheeks.

They'd hate him because of his eccentricities or because they've long since departed from sola scriptura?

> they've long since departed from sola scriptura?

Well this has been somewhat a move of ignorance. Somehow in America Conservative Thought has over taken traditional Christian moderate thought. I am still amazed at the 180 degree turn that has happened the last 50 years.

> or because they've long since departed from sola scriptura?

Lutheranism isn't a sola scriptura faith. While Luther did often argue against Rome on biblical grounds, Lutheranism has always accepted a vague concept of "tradition" alongside Scripture just like Anglicanism or Orthodoxy.

I'm not deeply familiar with Lutheranism but this [1] seems to contradict what you're suggesting. Also, sola scriptura doesn't negate creeds & confessions, etc but rather affirms the supreme authority of scripture.

This is in contrast to Roman Catholicism which affirms tradition as of higher authority.

[1] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sola_scriptura#Characteristi...

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