Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Malcolm's TED Talk and then back to Wittenberg

Before continuing my book, I'd like to add a link to a TED talk that Malcolm Gladwell did on the opening story of his David and Goliath book.

Now, back to the story:

"I guess that’s what I miss the most; being with people who loved to discuss important things. We used to meet in taverns or at school and talked about all kinds of things over a beer. Life can get so routine when it’s just about existence. That’s one thing I liked about Luther; he taught us to compare what we were taught with truth and for him truth was scripture. Unless of course the establishment punishes you for not believing their version of truth. It’s nice to have this part of Germany behind Luther; we need the buffer - for the arms of Rome are long and lethal. 

I remember when Luther was summoned to an interrogation before John Eck in Leipzig - why, half the school went with him; and many were armed! It was a cause and we weren’t going to let them trick and silence Luther. He was amazing; not only were his words disarming, he changed the mood to his favor. As Eck tried to associate Luther with John Hus, Martin smelled a bunch of flowers he was holding and then exonerated the life of John Hus. He proceeded to show the errors of the popes and councils which Eck seized as evidence that he too was a heretic. But Luther was surrounded by us students - we wouldn’t let them do anything to him.  We left Leipzig in victory, even as the papal bulls followed us. And they are angrier now than before.” Heinrich paused as he contemplated Luther’s precarious position and then turned to face her. “What do you think of this reformation?”

Rebekah had ideas to share but the more pressing issue was, she was growing fonder of Heinrich; her warm smile conveyed that comfortableness, whether Heinrich caught the meaning she didn’t know. But she did reply, “there aren’t many times in history when we can be part of a big change. News about the goings on of Martin Luther reached us in Poland in various ways. One could never really know what the truth was. The Catholic church is a big influence there too, but there is no one like Luther to counter it. I know the church is way off from where it should be and it’s not just what they added or what they left behind - it’s how they treat people, especially Jews. The more I learn, the more I believe that the real reformation has to go back to Christianity’s roots and those roots are Jewish.”

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