We have a unique opportunity to listen in on an interview between two friends, Pastor Chuck Swindoll and bestselling author Eric Metaxas, as they discuss Eric’s new book Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World.
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Why is this a Straight Talk? This event is an excellent opportunity to start a conversation with your family about Christianity’s role in history. The content will be appropriate for children in elementary through high school, so we encourage you to bring your children along and continue the discussion at home.
If you are not familiar, historically, Martin Luther is often painted as a rebel. The two iconic moments in his life—the Ninety-Five Theses and the Diet of Worms, where he bravely stated that he feared God’s judgment more than that of his representatives on earth, including the Holy Roman Emperor and the Pope—seem to point to a man who was bold, defiant, and eager to watch the Catholic Church crumble under the weight of its own sins. But in his searing biography, Metaxas brings to life a much more complicated and fascinating figure. Luther was in fact a vigorous champion of the church and wanted nothing more than for Rome to avoid the fate it eventually succumbed to—the fate that, ironically, he helped bring about.
In Martin Luther, Metaxas dispels popular myths about the legendary figure, while tracing his life and influences, including the fateful lightning storm that caused him to give up his studies and become a monk, his scandalous marriage to a nun, and his clashes with scholars like Erasmus. In many ways, Luther was the first celebrity of modern culture—the quirky genius of Wittenberg, a hero to the common man, willing to speak truth to the highest seats of power. His decision to publish in German rather than in Latin was an unprecedented move that allowed him to communicate his ideas to ordinary citizens, inviting them into important discussions about the world in which they lived and the institutions that shaped their lives.
Luther’s writings and actions didn’t just spark a religious movement; they fundamentally altered the landscape of the modern world, by giving voice to ideas like the individual, personal responsibility, pluralism, religious liberty, and self-government. We take these values for granted now, but they all entered history through the door that Luther opened to the future.
Eric Metaxas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If You Can Keep It, Bonhoeffer, Amazing Grace, and Miracles. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, and Metaxas has appeared as a cultural commentator on CNN, the Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He is the host of The Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated daily radio show. He is a senior fellow and lecturer at large at the King’s College in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter.