Retracing the Reformation: All Germany Is Celebrating Luther Year in Honor of the Revolutionary Theologian Who Died 450 Years Ago

By Lowry, Betty | Insight on the News, May 6, 1996 | Go to article overview

Retracing the Reformation: All Germany Is Celebrating Luther Year in Honor of the Revolutionary Theologian Who Died 450 Years Ago


Lowry, Betty, Insight on the News


Protestants are not prone to pilgrimages. But cruise the Elbe or amble around Eastern Germany and they can not help but trace the steps of Martin Luther. Wherever he preached, from Arnstadt to Worms, visitors are directed simply to "Luther's church."

For more than 40 years this century, most of the dozen cities and towns associated with Luther's life and work were behind the Iron Curtain. Celebration of Martin's Day - Luther's Nov. 10 birthday--was prohibited.

This year, however, the village of Eisleben, where he was born of peasant stock in 1483 and died in 1546, expects thousands of visitors. The font in which Luther was baptized still is in use his birthplace is a museum.

Although born in Eisleben, Luther spent his childhood in nearby Mansfeld, where he was a choirboy in the Church of St. George. Mansfeld Castle inspired his hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God." As a teenager, he attended Latin school in Eisenach and sang door-to-door to earn his supper. His boarding house now is the Bible Museum. Later, he sought refuge from papal inquisitors at Wartburg Castle, which overlooks Eisenach. Here he is said to have thrown his ink pot at the devil, and visitors to his rooms are shown the stain on the wall. (The Wartburg Castle also is the setting of Wagner's Lohengrin.)

Luther translated the New Testament from Greek into German at Wartburg. (The Latin Bible he used, missing for 200 years, was discovered in Stuttgart's Wurtemberg State Library last year Luther's notes are in the margins.) His translation created the modern written German language and, by making the word of God more accessible to ordinary people, helped spread the Reformation.

Erfurt, where Luther joined the Augustinians in 1505, was a grand and rich town already 800 years old at the start of the 16th century. Luther's cell in the monastery there has been re-created. Visitors to Erfurt can visit the cathedral where he was ordained and the simple Barefoot Church in which he preached his last sermon.

While studying at the University of Erfurt, the 21-year-old law student was struck by lightning on Stottenheim Road. In a blaze of revelation, he promised St. Anne to become a monk. His parents, who had hoped this most promising son would grow rich and provide for them in their old age, were furious. But the youth had been thinking of entering the church for some time. In medieval Magdeburg, the 14-year-old Luther had been stunned by the appearance of an emaciated begging friar whom he recognized as the noble Prince William of Anhalt. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Retracing the Reformation: All Germany Is Celebrating Luther Year in Honor of the Revolutionary Theologian Who Died 450 Years Ago
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.