Friday, November 25, 2011

Luther quotes

In the former case, the temporal authority punishes too much; in the latter case, it punishes too little. To err in this [105] direction, however, and punished too little is more tolerable, for it is always better to let a scoundrel live then to put a godly man to death. The world has plenty of scoundrels anyway and must continue to have them, but godly men are scarce.” Martin Luther, Temporal Authority: To what Extent Should It Be Obeyed, LW, AE, 45:104-5

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