The fiery monk whose 95 Theses sparked the Reformation. In a world ruled by the church, all it took was one little nail, one well-written scroll, and one sharp-tongued monk to turn everything upside-down! Martin Luther didn’t mean to spark the Reformation with his 95 Theses, but his realization that salvation comes through faith and not works ignited the revolution that changed the world.
Worldfest Houston, 2017
Media Type: DVD
Running Time: 30 min
-English and Spanish audio and subtitles (animation only)
-90-minute documentary on Martin Luther (English audio w/optional English and Spanish subtitles)
-Comprehensive leader’s guide in PDF
-Reproducible student handouts in PDF.
-Additional resources at www.torchlighters.org
Video Librarian, September/October 2016
The story of the German theologian and monk who became a key figure in the Protestant Reformation of the early 16th century is told in this animated film from the acclaimed Torchlighters series. Martin Luther’s life was full of drama, as he engaged in an escalating war of words with the Church of Rome and Pope Leo X, while also stirring up ordinary Germans who were tired of being frightened by warnings of purgatorial suffering (and swindled with offers to buy indulgences). Luther dangerously refused to retract his allegedly heretical writings, which placed both his freedom and life in jeopardy. Presented as a brawny, square-jawed hero (not quite matching the softer images of him in paintings), this Luther is an expansive teacher, confident intellectual, and persistent advocate of a decentralized Christianity in which sinners are given to understand that redemption comes from God’s love, not papal power. Luther is no firebrand superhero: he looks grim and burdened while famously nailing his “Ninety-Five Theses” to the door of a church, and when blindsided by an extreme threat if he fails to denounce his voluminous and popular writings at odds with Rome, he appears vulnerable and frightened. In other words, while this is a cartoon biography, Luther is not a two-dimensional character, but rather a deeply committed human figure. Recommended.