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Martin Luther: How the great Reformer shaped the modern world

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today

Was Martin Luther likeable? Peter Stanford thinks so, and – given that the great Reformer has been dead nearly 500 years – he ought to know.

Peter Stanford is the author of ‘Martin Luther – Catholic Dissident’.Joseph Hartropp

Stanford is the author of Martin Luther – Catholic Dissident, which among many other things seeks to humanise a man who did more than most to shape the modern world.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, he made a passionate case for Luther’s significance in Western culture. Would the Reformation have happened without him, as some imagine? Who knows? But it was Luther who in actual, historical fact did start it. Luther (and Stanford speaks as a Catholic) broke the stranglehold of Catholicism over late medieval Europe. In his sharp distinction between the public and the private world, and most of all in his translation of the Bible into German and encouragement

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