Sunday, March 19, 2006
Have you ever read outrageous Luther quotes like these, these, or these? No, these Luther quotes in these three links are not the result of painstaking research from primary German sources done by the gentleman who posted them. Most of these outrageous Luther quotes come from one book: Patrick O’Hare’s Facts About Luther.
I’ve been working on compiling a list of these quotes from The Facts About Luther:
Master Index: The Luther Quotes from O’Hare’s Facts About Luther
The book has wide popularity among Catholics. Numerous pro-Catholic websites give O’Hare’s work tremendous accolades, and cite it frequently. It is not uncommon to engage Catholics in discussion about Luther and hear the words, “Patrick O’Hare says…” or “Martin Luther is quoted as saying in The Facts About Luther…”. Or, most often, the reference is given as O'Hare cites it- which is usually to an out-of-print source from the 1800's- very few people have the books O'Hare cites. Many times references are given to Luther, when in fact, the references should be given to this book. Those who use this book as a reference try to pass off Luther quotes as if they've actually read Luther- they usually have not.
The above link is a list of quotes i've either found in cyber-space or my own study of The Facts About Luther. I will be updating the link as I come across quotes. I do this because of my love for ad fontes research. It's one thing to read Luther and critique him- this is perfectly acceptable- and I challenge all (especially Roman Catholics) to do this. It is quite another thing to read a book that slanders Luther, and then use out of context quotes to prove how awful he was- without ever actually reading a page from Luther's actual writings. Not all the quotes will seem outrageous- this is because O'Hare's interpretation and usage has not been brought in. The quotes found in the later chapters are most vicious (Chapters 6-9 are used often by those writing against Luther).