Martin Luther Is About Nationalism, Not About Religion

Martin Luther Is About Nationalism, Not About Religion

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8/12/17

The Lutheran schism was the first manifestation of German nationalism according to the historian Maria Elvira Roca Barela writing in the leftwing Spanish daily El País (July 23). Roca states that interpreting Luther as a religious phenomenon does not help to understand him. For her “Luther was the great defender of the oligarchies, the religious guarantor of a late feudalism that kept Germany in backwardness and poverty.”

Roca notices Luther’s hatred for the non-German world, among them Jews, and recalls that the Kristallnacht on 9-10 November 1938 during which Jewish property was destroyed in Germany, was explicitly connected to the 450 birthday of Martin Luther.

Nevertheless the big assumption of the Luther jubilee is that Protestant Germany is morally superior to the non-Protestant world according to Roca.

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One comment on “Martin Luther Is About Nationalism, Not About Religion

  1. LUTHER AND HITLER

    PRELUDE TO THE HOLOCAUST

    DARK REALITIES ABOUT THE FOUNDER OF PROTESTANT CHRISTIANITY

    HIS HATRED OF THE JEWS

    HIS SUPPORT FOR RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION

    Martin Luther (1483-1546) has long been famous for founding the Protestant Reformation and the Lutheran church. For his defiance of Catholic supremacy, Luther is often upheld as a defender of free speech and religious tolerance. Few ideas could be further from the truth.

    What Luther advocated was the replacement of Catholic religious persecution and oppression with Protestant religious persecution and oppression. He demanded strict obedience to temporal authorities, and he preached that heretics be executed. These views very specifically included other Christians, such as Baptists.

    Luther was also consumed by a hatred for the Jews. Indeed, prior to the horror of Kristallnacht in 1938 it could be said that Hitler’s views on the Jews were actually more moderate than Luther’s. In fact Kristallnacht took place on Luther’s birthday. Hitler and the Nazis repeatedly presented Luther as a role model. It was Luther, not Hitler, who first called for burning down all the synagogues of Germany and herding the Jews into slave labor concentration camps.

    Luther set in motion an economic and political revolution in Renaissance Germany. By breaking with Rome, German states were able to seize the vast wealth of church assets in Germany. The huge profits this produced inspired Henry VIII to adopt similar tactics with similar lucrative results for the English state.

    Thanks to Luther the structure of the church in Germany shifted to the control of the German states in place of the Church. This would have major implications in Nazi Germany since it meant that Lutheran pastors got their paychecks from the state.

    We want to stress that Luther in no way endorsed the racial mass murder of Jews, and today we do not see many Lutherans sharing Luther’s views of Jews. However, the connection of Luther to Hitler is real and cannot be separated from his legacy.

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