Luther on Epidemics

Martin Luther was well-acquainted with epidemics. Waves of Black Plague wiped out significant portions of the local population. Pastors conducted thousands of burials; some buried entire congregations. Luther’s Wittenberg experienced an outbreak of the plague in 1527, prompting him to write a treatise addressed to a fellow pastor in Breslau concerning the question “Whether One May Flee from a Deadly Plague”  (Luther’s Works 43:119-38). Luther’s approach provides some good reflection for our day.

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