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Luther: “Let’s both have sex and think of each other, brother!”

Yes, I tried to make the title of this post provocative.  But the quotation I’m sharing really is unique.  I came upon it in Water from a Deep Well by Gerald Sittser, a book about spirituality through the lens of various eras of church history, which I’m reading with my Bible study group.

This is what Luther apparently wrote to a friend who was getting married (p. 205):

When you sleep with your Catherine and embrace her, think this—’This is a human being, the best little creature of God, and Christ has given her to me.  Praise and glory to him.’  On the evening of the day when I calculate you will receive this letter, I will love my wife in the same way and have you in my memory and so we shall be together.

Sittser took it from Owen Chadwick’s book The Early Reformation on the Continent (pp. 140-141), but since less of that book is available for preview, I can’t see his citation for the quote.  Wherever it is from, Jeremiah and I thought it was funny… and creepy.

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