“Another quality that strikes us… is Luther’s unfailing sense of humor. Reformers are usually deficient in humor. Their earnestness seldom permits them to laugh. Luther was the most earnest man of his century, and lived in more earnest times than any Europe had witnessed since the close of the first century. But his merry laugh rings through the entire solemn drama of his life. He relieved himself and others by permitting himself glimpses at the ludicrous aspects which human nature presents even in the transaction of its most solemn and momentous matters.
“Luther’s reputation has indeed gained rather than lost through the somewhat indiscreet publication of his familiar Table Talk. He has been the subject of much obloquy, which is hardly to be wondered at. He was the leader of a fierce theological debate, and he never spared his foes.” — From the Introduction
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate: Some subject matter knowledge helpful.