In week 1, we learned a bit about Luther’s upbringing and the society he lived in. He grew up in a context where death was a part of every-day life. People thought a lot more about their future after death, but the answers the church gave them just pointed them back to themselves and their own efforts to make themselves right with God. From severe corporal punishments at home and school to a prevailing image in the Church of Christ as a terrifying judge, Luther’s belief in God was built solely on fear. It was this fear that drove him to leave behind his law studies and enter a monastery.
Next week, we’ll learn about some of Luther’s experiences as a monk and how it affected him and his beliefs.