Alrighty, here’s the deal. I was reading a book by Martin Luther, Three Treatises, and came across this passage. I doubt many Lutherans are in agreement, but it gives an intriguing insight into the man.
It is my theory that every pastor/spiritual teacher should have at least one totally off the wall belief, just to keep people from building a church around them. Oh wait, I guess Luther needed some more zaniness. Anyway, here’s the passage. Enjoy!
“Consider the following case: A woman, wed to an impotent man, is unable to prover her husband’s impotence in court, or perhaps she is unwilling to do so with the mass of evidence and all the notoriety which the law demands; yet she is desirous of having children or is unable to remain continent.
“I would counsel her, with the consent of the man, to have intercourse with another, say her husband’s brother, but to keep this marriage secret and ascribe the children to the so-called putative father.
“Moreover, if the man will not give his consent, or agree to this separation–rather than allow the woman to burn or to commit adultery–I would counsel her to contract a marriage with another and flee to a distant unknown place.”
Yeah, so, anyway. There ya go. Good old Martin Luther. You can look it up in “The Babylonian Captivity of the Church,” the name of the treatise I quote from. I skip a sentence here or there for emphasis of his point, but I assure you, I did not change the context.