European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Oct 29 1967, Page 15

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - October 29, 1967, Darmstadt, HesseThelsen a Schlag 31.oktoblr 1517 Deutsche Bunde Spost West German stamp Marks anniversary. Swar Titt a Day that changed the world continued from Page 15 nailed his soul stirring arguments is no longer there. It was replaced by a Bronze door in the 19th Century. Luther died in1546 and was buried under the pulpit of the Church in Wittenberg across fro the last resting place of his fellow re former Melanchton. The Wittenberg Church is difficult to see since it is in East Germany. Luther s deeds Are being largely ignored by the communist regime during this anniversary year but some reformation Day observances Are scheduled there today. An estimated 13 million protestants and 2 million catholics live in East Germany in contrast to some other German areas in which catholics predominate. Luther who did More than another Man to establish the protestant Faith was born in Eisleben in 1483 of poo parents. His father was a Miner in Mansfeld. The Young Luther went to school at Magdeburg and had begun to prepare himself for a career in Law when double Shock affected him deeply a close Friend died and he was caught Ina fearful storm. Luther fell to his Knees in the wild winds and pledged that he would become a priest. A outstanding student in Lan Guage philosophy logic and music he was made a doctor of theology an became a vicar supervising 11 Monas teries. After his great debate with papa authority he married Katharina Bora a former nun. It had been another of Luther s contentions that priests should marry. There is a lot to get used to in the first year of marriage he once said. One wakes up in the morning and finds pair of pigtails on the Pillow which were not there before. I give More credit to Katherine Tanto Christ who has done so much More for me he Luther s greatest admirers have difficulty defending some of his action sin later years. He supported the Biga Mous marriage of Prince Philip of Hesse denounced any reformers who disagreed with him and made state ments about the jews that sounded like world War h nazi ideology. His chief biographer Roland Bainton of Yale de scribed him at the end As an irascible old Man petulant peevish unrestrained and at times positively Are nearly 75 million lutherans in the world and All of the 230 million protestants owe him a great theological debt. Even the roman Catholic Church which he bucked but never left endorses much of his work. Luther refused to be cowed by threat of excommunication burned papal warning in december 1520. 6&s Worms honoured Luther with statue i left j Wartburg Castle Wai temporary Refuge from Pope right. Age 16 the stars and stripes sunday october 29, 1967

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