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Martin Luther’s ‘dream’ church

Martin Luther’s ‘dream’ church? It wasn’t in Europe By David D. Daniels | October 28, 2017 Triptych of the Virgin and Child, Ethiopia, 17th century, Tempera on gesso-covered wooden boards. This item will be on display at the Museum of the Bible. Photo courtesy of Museum of the Bible (RNS) — This year marks the 500th anniversary of the launching of the Protestant Reformation in Germany. Commemorations will be held from Memphis to Mombasa to Mumbai to Munich. Yet, most events and books on the Reformation explore it without any reference to African Christians. This silence is profound, and I would like to break it by offering possible Ethiopian connections to Martin Luther and the Protestant movement. Luther launched the Protestant Reformation in 1517, but he had begun that year fascinated with Ethiopian Christianity. That will come as a surprise to many of today’s Christians, even scholars, who are accustomed to discussing Luther and the Protestant Reformation


Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:             Brace yourself like a man;                  I will question you,              and you shall answer me. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?     Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! … “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow     or seen the storehouses of the hail, which I reserve for times of trouble,     for days of war and battle? What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,     or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,     and a path for the thunderstorm, ... Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?     Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens when the dust becomes hard     and the clods of earth stick together?  [READ JOB 38-40] ] 2017 is a year of great upheavals. It could all be passed over as simply Nature "correcting itself"