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Luther lite

The reformer wasn't afraid of a good yuck

Not long after he posted the 95 Theses and shared in the Leipzig Debate, Martin Luther wrote in the Address to the German Nobility that he wouldn't have made a bad court jester. He wasn't afraid to twit princes or bishops. He wouldn't need a dunce cap — his monk's hood would do fine. And he wouldn't need a special hairdo — a monk's bald crown or tonsure would do fine.

Too often we think of Luther as a rather stern preacher or lecturer. But he really did relish humor, not so much as a stand-up comic but by using irony, plays on words and dramatic gestures.


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