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Walking in the Steps of Martin Luther-

The Protestant Reformation Revisited
Slideshow Part 1 - Eisenach
Slideshow Part 2 - Erfurt
Slideshow Part 3 - Wittenberg
Slideshow Part 4 - Wartburg Castle
Slideshow Part 5 - Leipzig
Martin Luther
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Map of Reformation Germany
Slideshow Part 1 - Eisenach
My friend Holger Strahl from Frankfurt kindly offered to take me on a Reformation Tour of Germany ... walking in the steps of Martin Luther. First we visited Eisenach. Eisenach was the place where Martin Luther lived as a child, although he was not born there, and later for his receiving protection by Frederick the Wise after having been pursued for his religious views. It was while he was staying at nearby Wartburg Castle that he translated the New Testament into German.

Slideshow Part 2 - Erfurt
Erfurt is the city where Luther lived as a young man when he was a student at the university and a monk. These years were spent in study, undergoing inner struggles. Here, within the narrow confines of his monastic cell, he became convinced of the certainty of the Gospel message proclaiming the crucified Christ and understanding that "the just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17). Luther, through the Book of Romans, saw that we are justified by faith alone. Erfurt was by far the most picturesque of the cities we visited.


Slideshow Part 3 - Wittenberg

Martin Luther made Wittenberg the center of the Protestant Reformation when he nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) in 1517. He also lived at the Augustinian Monastery here when he was a monk. The monastery later became the "Vicarage" after the Reformation, where Luther and his wife Katharina Von Bora and their children lived. Nearby is St. Mary's Church, the parish church in which Luther often preached. Frederick III, or Frederick the Wise, elector of Saxony, founded (1502) the university at Wittenberg where Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon taught.

SlideshowPart 4 - Wartburg Castle
In 1521, Martin Luther was brought to the castle for his protection by Frederick III, the elector of Saxony, and there he completed his translation of the New Testament. Luther assumed a false identity here and was simply known as under the name of Junker Jörg (Squire George) in order to hide from the pope and the emperor after the Diet of Worms (1521), which put Luther under the imperial ban. The castle is near Eisenach, central Germany. Built c.1070, later enlarged, and renovated in the 18th century. We had dinner at the hotel restaurant in the Castle.

SlideshowPart 5 - Leipzig
After Wittenberg we spent the night in Leipzig. Luther preached in Leipzig three times. But there is a lot more to this interesting city. In 1989 the Monday Demonstrations in Leipzig were the largest demonstration against the East German government since 1953; these
demonstrations were instrumental in the downfall of the Communist government and the subsequent reunification of Germany (Wiedervereinigung) which took place on October 3, 1990. The demonstration took place at Augustus Square in front of Leipzig's St. Nikolai Church which became a protestant church in 1539 after the Reformation. Composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Leipzig, and was cantor at the Church of St. Thomas from 1723 until his death. Other literary and musical personalities associated with Leipzig
include Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wagner, and Gothe.
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