Following in the footsteps of Martin Luther, as we travel the roads he travelled through Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany 500 years ago.
According to a recent publication (March 2011) of Hans Schneider, a Reformation historian from Marburg, Luther's journey to Rome had a much more significant impact and influence on his development as reformer, than is generally acknowledged..
Luther's journey to Rome is significant not only because this journey was the longest journey (both in terms of the distance he covered and the time he took for the journey) which Luther ever undertook, and not only because it was the only one of the journey's which took Luther beyond the border of Germany, and in so doing broadened Luther's horizons and influenced his world-view. But for instance through the events and conflicts that lead to, and accompanied Luther on his journey, Luther gained many new experiences and insights which he developed further into spiritual and academic works that have become the heart of all Reformation theology. Through the conflicts with which he was confronted in his monastic order, regarding the correct form of monastic life, he came to the realization that issues of justice in this world are not that easy; that law is often fought with law, and piety with piety; and that devout religious people are often the most unholy of all.
Erasmus von Rotterdam 1465/69-1536
Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475-1564
Pantheon in Rom
Johann von Staupitz 1465-1524
Munib Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation