Who Was Martin Luther?

Watch this 3 minute informative and entertaining video on how Luther ignited the reformation of the church and established the principles of freedom and grace of God on which we are based today.

About The Filmmakers

Max Mönch and Alexander Lahl are Berlin-based documentary filmmakers, and Philipp Seefeldt is a Berlin-based animation artist. This video they produced and description they wrote were posted in the NY Times on February 6, 2018:

“We had to make a decision: Who, exactly, is our Luther? And can we boil him down to three minutes of film? It might have to do with our personal backgrounds in this country that we chose to talk about the Luther who invented freedom. We were able to get at the core of Luther’s concept of spirituality, which was all arranged around his idea of freedom. In the 16th century, God was an angry and punishing God, someone people feared more than anything else — especially because they were too weak to follow his commandments.”

“And this is where Luther comes in: Studying the Bible, he found something that uncovered the truth of who and what God really is. Luther conceived the idea of grace and concluded: Everybody can be saved! All you need is your own spiritual access to the idea of God and a strong belief. And by translating the Bible so that it could be read by the public, that is what Luther did: He set us free. If people could understand God by themselves without a mediator, they would be free to make up their own minds. Spiritually free. So, inner belief was born, and with it a new way to defy external authorities. Luther demonstrated such defiance himself, challenging the pope and the emperor.”

Source: New York Times (Read full article)

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