He is one of the most famous theologians in modern history, responsible for forever changing Christianity when he instigated the Protestant Reformation in 16th-century Europe.

The man is Martin Luther, a firebrand German academic and cleric who challenged the Catholic Church over what he saw as abusive practices by preachers selling indulgences (certificates to reduce punishment for sins committed by the purchasers in the afterlife.)

A controversial figure, not only because his writings led to significant religious reform and division, Luther held other radical positions; denouncing Jews, and insisting the Bible as the sole source of religious authority.

Why does this religious firebrand, who nailed his famous 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, thus starting a religious revolt, have an 18-foot tall statue dedicated to him Baltimore? Continue reading…