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For us to learn from Luther it is helpful—perhaps even necessary—to recognize that Luther wrote for a world different from our own and for purposes we modern Americans may occasionally find off-putting.
Martin Luther was a theological genius whose insight has inspired people from his day to the present, through social and cultural changes that Luther himself would probably have deplored (e.g., the transition to democracy and economic liberalism, the gradual development of equality among the sexes, and the rise of countries where adherents of different religious traditions could and do live peacefully together).
We need to honor Luther for his insights without overlooking the ways in which he was a child of his own time, not ours:
Despite the distance of Luther’s world from our own, however, he still has much to teach us today so long as we recognize that it is okay to call ourselves Lutherans while disagreeing with some of what he has to say.
And despite Luther’s own zealous hope that his readers would follow his catechism “word for word” and “learn it by heart,” we have the right as Christians to answer in our own way to the promptings of the Holy Spirit within today's church and as experienced in our own lives and our own, quite different time.
— Mark U. Edwards Jr.