The medieval world conjures up all sorts of images, but it’s the unusual ones that stick in our minds: relics in jeweled boxes, religious groups whipping themselves in penance, monks wearing shirts made of hair. Yet we may not recognize how much medieval Europe was a thoroughly Christian culture. To understand Luther, we looked back at this interview from issue 49 about the context in which he arose.
CH : What are some of the greatest misunderstandings modern Christians have about medieval religion?
John Van Engen : First, they assume that...Read More