Maxwell Institute

This post is brought to you by the Maxwell Institute. View the original post here.

What was Martin Luther trying to accomplish when he nailed his ninety-five theses to the Wittenburg church door? Would you believe he didn’t intend to start a new religious movement at all? Down the centuries Martin Luther has been lauded by some, lambasted by others. Was he an amazing hero or an arch heretic, or perhaps something different altogether?

Craig Harline’s latest book peels back the layers of this history, taking us directly into the friar’s musty study to learn the truth about a contested historical figure. The book is called A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation.

About the Guest

Craig Harline is a professor of history at Brigham Young University and an award-winning author of books including Sunday: A History of the First Day from Babylonia to the Super Bowl and Way Below the Angels, a memoir of his service as a Mormon missionary in Belgium. He specializes in Reformation-era Christianity. His latest book is called A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation.




Subscribe to the Maxwell Institute Podcast through iTunes or use the RSS feed Please help our podcast grow by rating and reviewing it in iTunes. Send questions or comments about this and other episodes to


Recently Posted


Faith and Rebuilding Will Make Puerto Ricans Stronger, Bishop Davies Says

San Juan, Puerto Rico | Monday, 19 February 2018 | Bishop Dean M. Davies, first counselor in the Church’s Presiding Bishopric, visited Puerto Rico February 15–18. He, along with General Authority ...


Advice From the Prophet of the Church to Millennials Living in a Hectic World

Las Vegas, Nevada | Sunday, 18 February 2018 | How can the rising generation live more happy and meaningful lives? President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of ...