Martin Luther on Dancing

Crossing Martin off my next party-invitation list.

“As many paces as the man takes in his dance, so many steps he takes toward Hell.”

Quoted here.

I like to contrast Luther with John Locke who, in his thoughts on education, mentions dancing first as an essential element of a child’s formal instruction. My explication is here in Part 8 of my online Philosophy of Education course.

3 thoughts on “Martin Luther on Dancing

  • January 9, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Have you read Eric Metaxas’ book on Luther? I’m guessing he was just embarrassed to dance. 🙂

  • January 10, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Martin Luther was a vile, hate-filled little man even by the standards of the day. The Protestant Reformation has white-washed much of his character; if you read his original writings, you find a man who would have gleefully feasted while watching anyone who disagreed with him burn alive. That such a man is considered an important figure in our history, rather than a cockroach to be eliminated and then ignored, is among the worst crimes of Christianity.

  • January 10, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Yes, absolutely Luther was a repugnant figure. Yet, in spite of himself, I think we owe him large for driving in the wedge that broke the chokehold of the Catholic Church over European society, triggering the long, often horrifically bloody chain of events that led to the secular liberalism of the Enlightenment (not of course to be confused with the statist faux-liberalism of today).

    In my more optimistic moments I wonder if Trump will prove a similar figure in regard to the chokehold of Washington.

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