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Theology Thursday: Blockheads and Drones

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 27 Jul 2017

Christopher Beckham argues that providing good schools and education was a key part of Luther's Reformation agenda in an article from the current edition of Churchman.

“The Devil Much Prefers Blockheads and Drones”: Martin Luther and Educational Reform by Christopher Beckham. Churchman 131/2, 2017, pp 171-182.

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is spurring renewed interest in Martin Luther and other Reformers. Luther’s contribution to education is often overlooked, but this article argues that the importance of providing good schools and a quality education was a key part of Luther’s Reformation agenda.

Beckham highlights an aspect of Luther’s legacy which is not widely known. He makes a strong case for Luther’s commitment to education, and more specifically to educational reform. Luther believed in education for laity as well as clergy, for people from all social classes, and for women as well as men. Beckham lays down a challenge to evangelicals to read and learn from Luther on this subject about which he was so concerned.

Churchman is our international journal of theology, which we produce quarterly. It is available to Church Society members at a discounted rate.

Ros Clarke is the Associate Director of Church Society

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