Martin Luther’s Humor

Eric W. Gritsch

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/2012

Issue: Humor (Vol. 32, No 2, Spring, 2012)

Martin Luther incorporated humor into his life and work, using it to enhance his biblical witness, to ridicule those in power, and to mock death and the devil. In Christ, everything is turned upside down. “When we should cry because of our sin, we laugh,” Luther preached, late in life. “When we should laugh because of our rejoicing in Christ, who died for us so that we have eternal life, we cry.”

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