Post by Mark T
"Idiots, the lame, the blind, the dumb, are men in whom the devils have
established themselves: and all the physicians who heal these infirmities,
as though they proceeded from natural causes, are ignorant blockheads...."
"Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of
spiritual things, but -- more frequently than not -- struggles against the
divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God." (Martin
"There is on earth among all dangers no more dangerous thing than a richly
endowed and adroit reason...Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed."
"No gown worse becomes a than the desire to be wise." (Martin Luther)
"Our bodies are always exposed to Satan. The maladies I suffer are not
natural, but Devil's spells." (Martin Luther)
"The Devil, it is true, is not exactly a doctor who has taken degrees, but
he is very learned, very expert for all that. He has not been carrying on
his business during thousands of years for nothing...." (Martin Luther)
"This fool [Copernicus] wishes to reverse the entire science of astronomy;
but sacred scripture tells us that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still,
and not the earth." (Martin Luther)
"So tenaciously should we cling to the world revealed by the Gospel, that
were I to see all the Angels of Heaven coming down to me to tell me
something different, not only would I not be tempted to doubt a single
syllable, but I would shut my eyes and stop my ears, for they would not
deserve to be either seen or heard." (Martin Luther)
"Whoever wants to be a Christian should tear the eyes out of his reason."
Here a few more to add to your collection...
MARTIN LUTHER, Catholic Priest and later leader of Reformation movement
"What harm would it do, if a man told a good strong lie for the sake of the
good and for the Christian church...a lie out of necessity, a useful lie, a
helpful lie, such lies would not be against God, he would accept them."
in a letter in Max Lenz, ed., Briefwechsel Landgraf Phillips des
Grossmuthigen von Hessen mit Bucer, vol. 1.
"The word and works of God is quite clear, that women were made either to be
wives or prostitutes." Works 12.94
"Even though they grow weary and wear themselves out with child-bearing, it
does not matter; let them go on bearing children till they die, that is what
they are there for." Works 20.84
"God created Adam master and lord of living creatures, but Eve spoilt all,
when she persuaded him to set himself above God's will. 'Tis you women, with
your tricks and artifices, that lead men into error." "The bondage of the
"When I was a child there were many witches, and they bewitched both cattle
and men, especially children."
"I should have no compassion on these witches; I should burn them all."
"The Devil can so completely assume the human form, when he wants to deceive
us, that we may well lie with what seems to be a woman, of real flesh and
blood, and yet all the while 'tis only the Devil in the shape of a woman.
'Tis the same with women, who may think that a man is in bed with them, yet
'tis only the Devil; and...the result of this connection is oftentimes an
imp of darkness, half mortal, half devil...."
"How often have not the demons called 'Nix,' drawn women and girls into the
water, and there had commerce with them, with fearful consequences."
"Women...have but small and narrow chests, and broad hips, to the end that
they should remain at home, sit still, keep house, and bear and bring up