Lead: In 1525 the peasants of Germany took Martin Luther’s teachings on spiritual equality to their logical conclusion and rebelled against the social structure of Germany. He was not amused.

            Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

            Content: Because the Roman Catholic church was so closely allied with the social and political status quo, Luther’s critique which he considered primarily spiritual and theological, took on a life of its own. Soon people began taking his words and applying to them a meaning he either did not intend or more probably in his early political naiveté, did not anticipate. Once uttered, however, words have power and it is not always easy to govern how they will be used.

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