Norway church denounces Luther’s anti-Jewish writings


Ahead of Reformation’s 500th anniversary, Lutheran Church distances itself from founder’s anti-Jewish bias

Times of Israel

Norway’s state Lutheran Church has condemned the anti-Jewish legacy of Martin Luther, the 16th century German theologian who started the Protestant Reformation.

In a statement issued Friday ahead of next year’s 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, the Church of Norway’s General Synod said some of Luther’s writings were later used in anti-Semitic propaganda, including in Nazi Germany.

Noting that such propaganda was also spread in Nazi-occupied Norway during World War II, the synod said that “in the Reformation anniversary year of 2017, we as a church must clearly distance ourselves from the anti-Judaism that Luther left behind.”

Luther’s revolt against the abuses of the Roman Catholic church began in 1517. With age he became increasingly hostile toward Jews and called for their persecution.

  1. #1 by Carl on 11/26/2016 - 9:34

    John 7:13 “no one was speaking openly of Him (Jesus Christ) for fear of the Jews”
    Nothing has changed in two thousand years.

  2. #2 by huw jarse on 11/26/2016 - 9:34

    So what became apparent to him with the passage of time ? Why did he call for their persecution in later years ? He clearly discovered knowledge which led to his opinions being changed. I think the Jews collective guilt in the Crucifixion of the Messiah may have had something to do with it ?

  3. #3 by huw jarse on 11/26/2016 - 9:34

    Alas I am not learned in the Biblical texts, but I am amazed in the truth of your quotation. It reminds me of another quote, equally apt:- “All of this has happened before, and it will happen again”.

  4. #4 by TonyFromIN on 11/26/2016 - 9:34

    So, what about Jesus and his ‘anti-Jewish bias’? Will they distance themselves from him?

  5. #5 by nooralhaqiqa on 11/26/2016 - 9:34

    This, just after minutes watching a short video which very accurately paints Norway as an extremely Communist state….. Just saying’….

  6. #6 by Christopher Phillips on 11/26/2016 - 9:34

    Due to Israel’s racism and atrocities against non-Jews, people around the world have good reason to be anti-Semitic

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