Essay about The Legacy Of Martin Luther

2256 Words Mar 31st, 2016 10 Pages
In 2015 a new figurine from Playmobil sold 34,000 units in 72 hours, setting a new record in Germany. This toy was a 3-inch Martin Luther released for the 2017 celebration of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther’s relevance is strange since he was living in the early 16th century and his actions are long removed from the German Nation today. But because of his Church, his Bible and his political use, Martin Luther seems synonymous with German nationalism and specifically that of early 19th century Germany. During the Protestant reformation Martin Luther stood against the Catholic Church and began a new branch of the Christian faith. During his life he wrote many sermons, papers, and hymns, he also translated the Bible from Latin to High German that helped unify the various dialects of the German tongue. Through these works Martin Luther became the famous, and infamous, German known today. Luther’s importance to today’s Germans can be seen through how they are celebrating the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation: “Germany is paying tribute to one of its greatest sons with an entire decade devoted to Martin Luther: monk, professor and church reformer.” Luther may not be a reason for the feelings of nationalism, but he is used as an excuse for both modern German nationalism and ethnic-nationalism favoured in the modern period.
The Lutheran branch and arguably many of the protestant segments of Christianity can trace itself back to Martin Luther. Originally Lutherans…

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