Martin Luther: Shout at the Devil
 
Exactly five centuries ago this month, Martin Luther posted his 95  theses on a church door in Wittenberg, thus sparking the Protestant  Reformation. He was concerned not with freedom of thought nor with abuse  of power by the Pope, as moderns might like to think, but with exposing  the false doctrine that a person’s good actions can earn them a place  in Heaven. Wracked by guilt and fear of going to hell, Luther had found  relief only in the idea of a free, unmerited salvation. We consider  Luther’s tactics in his war to reform the church, from his obsession  with excrement to his attacks on Jews, all of which stemmed from his  fundamental belief that he was engaged in a war for the soul of the  Church against Satan and the Anti-Christ. [Contains adult language]