Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
The film. The man. What do you think about it/ him? Lutheran opinions especially welcome.
The recent film was pretty good, but I did not agree with how the actor played Luther - the way he seem sort of wimpy and uncertain at key points in history. But who knows.
You could say Luther was the unwitting god-father of the Reformation. He only wanted to reform the Catholic church - but start a movement that he never expected and ofter lost control of. He didn't want a church denomination to be call "Lutheran" but I think he relented when it was inevitable.
The movie does a good job showing some of more earthy elements of Luther - his use of name calling and vulgar images. He was far less prudish and proper then we American Evangelicals tend to be. He wasn't afraid to call his opponents fools, asses, and worse. And I think he had biblical precedence for his "style" of discourse.
Overall, a movie worth watching.