Steven Wedgeworth

Keep your hand on the plow and hold on.

Via Media, But Between What?

I am finishing up Diarmaid MacCulloch's biography of Thomas Cranmer. Over all it's a superb work of history, even if MacCulloch inserts his own voice into the controversies a bit too much for my liking. Still, I learned a lot about the complicated ins and outs of...

Martin Luther on Reparations

At the end of his book, Temporal Authority: To What Extent It Should be Obeyed, Martin Luther takes up the topic of restitution, which he defines as "the return of goods wrongly acquired." In the interest of relevancy and hot takes, I am going to connect this to...

Martin Luther’s Farewell to Arms: The Two Kingdoms and the Rejection of Crusading

Martin Luther’s political theology has fallen on hard times. While it was once common to give him credit for the emergence of modern political liberties, Luther’s legacy has, especially since the second world war, soured. Many have claimed that he set the stage for an unholy sort of sacred nationalism, while more recent commentators say that Luther had no political theology at all, but was instead content to take a “hands off” approach, ceding everything to an emerging secular state.


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