Last week, during our Thursday morning Bible Study, Sarah, my daughter, told us that her World Religions prof informed the class that Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses because he wanted to marry a nun. I thought for sure he was just joking about this or something. Nope. She just told me that he was reviewing the Reformation with the class today and asked them, "Why did Martin Luther post his 95 Theses?" After hearing several responses from the class, including Sarah's response, he told them that they still hadn't named the most important reason. Someone in the class said, "Wait, was it so that he could marry a nun?" "Yes!" he exclaimed. "That's the main reason!" Sarah said he was dead serious about this.
But, wait! It gets better. He went on to inform them that Lutherans believe that God has predetermined a literal 144,000 people to be saved and get to heaven. What the?! Where is this guy getting this nonsense? I told Sarah that he must just be putting them on. "No, dad. He is really, really serious about all this." If that is true, and I have no reason to doubt Sarah, this person should not be teaching in the religion department. I mean, it's one thing to over-generalize and wrongly categorize when teaching a "World Religions" class, but to spew forth this sort of nonsense is inexcusable.
I'd like to go chat with the prof, but Sarah won't let me. She said I could after the semester was over, but not now (yeah, she's a smart girl). I just may do so. Good grief!