Luther asked the questions that the 16th century Church really needed to grapple with – and because of his courage the world changed forever. But none of this means that he didn’t make mistakes. Did his ‘two Kingdoms theology’ – which called for separation between Church and state lead to a world where Christians started to turn a blind eye to secular evil? Could this even have shaped a German Church which ailed to speak out against Nazism in the 1930s?
All of this, Steve argues, was caused by the common mistake – which Luther, like so many of us, committed – of reading our own understanding into the Bible rather than be shaped by it.
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