Fun Facts about Martin Luther

In celebration of this month’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation, I’d like to share some fun facts about Martin Luther.

In his life, Martin Luther:

  • Wrote several influential books that explained his teachings on important doctrines. His works, translated into English, have filled 75 volumes thus far.
  • Married Katharina Von Bora, one of a group of nuns that Luther had helped to rescue from a convent. They had six children, two of whom died before reaching adulthood.
  • Was a prolific hymn writer. Some of them are still being sung today. A Mighty Fortress is Our God is considered one of the great hymns of all time.
  • Had his teachings become the cornerstone of a new denomination called Lutheranism. Luther did not want his name used for the new group; he thought they should be called simply Christians, or Evangelicals.
  • Taught that reason could enhance faith, when it was enlightened by God’s Holy Spirit.
  • Taught that Christians must be obedient to God’s law. He fought against Antinomian teachers who said that the law no longer applied to Christians.

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