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Historian Tom Holland claims that Martin Luther would have rocked it on Twitter! He repeats the idea that Luther exploited the medium of print to great effect. Holland writes that “Luther… displayed a breathtaking command of all the qualities required to flourish on social media: a genius for aphorism, for invective, for denouncing fake news, for spreading fake news, even for publicly doting on pets. (‘Oh, that I could only pray,’ he once exclaimed, ‘in the way that my puppy stares at meat!’)”

All joking aside, Holland’s final point is worth considering. He writes that very few of us in the West exhibit Luther’s “readiness to risk death in the cause of holding true to his conscience.” It’s certainly not easy to stay steady while enduring a tweetstorm, but the example of the good Doctor, under the threat of death gives us courage.