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Luther on Beer

December 11, 2009

Many of the “Young, Restless, and Reformed” crowd seem to like to quote Luther on the subject of beer. The quotes are fairly selective though, because, amidst a handful of ones that seem to flaunt, “Hurrah, we Christians can have our beer and love it!”, I’ve not heard this quote once. It’s taken from Luther’s Off the Record with Martin Luther, the scholarly compilation and translation of Luther’s Table Talks, edited by Charles Daudert.

2716b. I have often cursed the first beer brewer. The brewing of beer consumes so much grain that it could nourish all of Germany, and instead it s perverted, and we so shamefully make dung water out of it, which we later piss on the wall. It takes for each fourth of a beer three shovelfuls of grain, and where a city brews good beer, there are hundreds who brew beer for sale. The love of beer will yet lead to the downfall of the universities. Although our water is anything but healthy, our beer brings death. Therefore, we must withdraw from it.

2719. Erfurt has become nothing better than a whorehouse and beerhouse. The students have been the most diligent in obedience to the study of those two subjects. Among them are no professors, no preachers.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2009 4:57 am

    Luther was a heretic! Just kidding.

  2. December 15, 2009 7:24 pm

    Wow. Et tu, Luther? Dung water.. LOL!

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