Coverbild If it Hadn’t Been for Luther von Michael Lösch, ISBN-978-3-423-26138-8
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If it Hadn’t Been for Luther

The downside of the Reformation

How would German—and indeed European—history have turned out if it hadn’t been for Martin Luther? In Luther’s day, the Renaissance and humanist movements had evolved critical thinking to spawn a more self-confident conception of mankind. Luther’s critique had an electrifying impact on the whole of the western world, offering the chance for a fundamental reformation of the Church.

But Luther went from reformer to fundamentalist, fulminating against the rebellious farmers, stirring up hatred against the Jews and alienating both his disciples and adversaries with his intractable obstinacy. If it hadn’t been for Luther, the church schism and the disastrous conjunction of political power and religious confession which ultimately led to the Thirty Years War would never have come about.

• a provocative contribution to the 2017 Luther Year
• a critical perspective on the Reformation and its consequences

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240 pages, ISBN 978-3-423-26138-8
About the author
Portrait des Autors Michael Lösch

Michael Lösch

Michael Lösch, son of a Protestant priest, emigrated from Romania to Germany in 1973. He studied German, English and political science, and went on to work as a grammar school teacher before striking out as a freelance writer and DJ in 1991. He has been grappling with his religious origins and education his whole life.
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