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April 20, 2006

Luther - 6

Joseph Fiennes (The Merchant of Venice) plays the 16th century reformer. The film tells the history of Luther's challenge of the Catholic church, mainly his critique of indulgences (buying salvation) and relics (supposed historical artifacts, like the bones of John the Baptist). It is both an exciting story as well as a good history of the time. Luther is mainly responsible for Protestantism (which Max Weber argued brought us capitalism, and others have said it brought us democracy). A good and much needed history lesson.

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