Movie Night!

July 2, 2010

History

Martin Luther:Reluctant Revolutionary

This is a PBS documentary on the life of Martin Luther.  I’ve watched this and I recommend it.  Of course, I know what you’re thinking.  Another liberal TV production that reduces to shreds the reality of history.  Well, I’m not going to be naive and vouchsafe the theological bent of the entire movie.  I’m sure most of you will be able to find something that irritates.  It’s impossible to watch these things and not find a discrepancy or two.  But that said, the story of Martin Luther, as portrayed here, is given fair treatment.  It is beautifully made and renders historical context visually.  Visual aids salve the curiousity and provide a tangible nature to something long ago past.  Also, I believe, the treatment of the conflict between Luther and Rome is fairly portrayed in all of its raw seriousness.  It’s a good primer for anyone new to the elements of Luther’s story.  I will, however, disagree with the emphasis this movie places on the individuality of Luther’s endeavors.  Like most of western civilization, we tend to gloss over God’s providential work and focus on the secondary, rather than the primary works. 

But enough said.  I submit this for your perusal.

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