The Life and Times of Martin Luther
By Steve Fogle
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This is a history and biographical podcast detailing the life of Martin Luther, and the events of the Reformation. This series also details the events , personalities and inventions of the 15th Century and 16th Century, along with the impact of all on the history and politics of Germany, Europe, Western Civilization and the practice of religion, including the overall effect on Christianity.
||CleanEpisode 27: The Indulgence Game||Albrecht of Brandeburg Leo X Jakob Fugger In Episode 27, we look at the penance process,||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: Breakthrough!||Cloaca Tower at the Wittenberg Monastery No Way! Way! Finally, a New Episode! My apologies that it has been too long between episodes. I explain a bit in the preface to the show. With 1517 looming, we start to get more first person and conte||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: The Augustinian Administrator||In this episode, we return to the life of Martin Luther, with a recap of where we have been in his life up to now, learn about the city of Wittenberg, and discuss Martin’s rise in the Augustinian order. Today happens to be the 500th Anniversary of the||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Papa Don’t Preach; The History of the Papacy Part 5||Finally, the end of the survey of the Papacy! This time we look at the more notorious popes during the Renaissance. Sixtus IV, Innocent VIII, Alexander VI, Julius II, and Leo X. Spoiler alert for upcoming episodes: Leo will be the pope who eventuall||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 Papa was a Rolling Stone, The History of the Papacy Part 4||On this episode we discuss the move of the Papacy to Avignon, and then the Great Papal Schism. These seismic events will have far reaching effects on to Papacy, and the rise of the Renaissance popes. Happy Listening!||9/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: The Monarchs and The Papas; the History of the Papacy Part 3||This time, we will look at some of the popes and events which shaped the papacy’s up and down status with monarchs throughout Europe. Old friends Charles “The Hammer”, Pepin the Short, Charlemagne, Otto the Great,||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag- The History of the Papacy Part 2||In this episode, we explore how the bishop of Rome came to speak for the catholic or universal church. Along the way we meet a few popes and a couple of barbarians. Happy Listening!||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Oh My Papa…The History of the Papacy Part 1||As we approach the posting of the 95 Theses in Luther’s story, it seems like a good idea to learn about the institution of the papacy itself. This first part details the history of the beginning of the papacy, starting with the tradition that St||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: What’s Up Doc?||This time we will delve into Martin finishing his doctorate in theology, thereby earning the title Doctor Luther. Along the way, we’ll explore the continued angst Luther claimed to have experienced which will eventually lead to other crossroads,||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Next Stop—-The Eternal City||Martin Luther takes a road trip to Rome, the Eternal City. He goes with high hopes, and leaves with a dose of realism. Along the way, we discuss the legendary history of the founding of Rome by Romulus, the forgiveness of sins through indulgences,||2/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: The Life and Times Christmas & New Year’s Edition||Merry Christmas & Happy 2017! In this special episode, we look at the history of why the birth of Jesus is celebrated in late December, the pagan holidays it usurped, and excerpts from two of Martin Luther’s Christmas sermons. Happy Listening!||12/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Meanwhile, Back in Erfurt…||Meanwhile, Back in Erfurt… In this episode we are pivoting from Augustine, back to Martin Luther. There is a bit more history about the Augustinians in Erfurt, and then inner conflict in the Augustinian Order between the observant and conventual fri||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Announcement! Happy Reformation and Exciting News about the Program||Happy 499th Anniversary of the Reformation! On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, an Augustinian Friar and professor at the University of Wittenberg, allegedly nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Originally,||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Saints and Sinners: Augustine, the Wrap-up||Saints & Sinners: This time, we mop things up relative to Augustine, delving into his two major rhetorical and actual fights with the Donatists and the Pelagians. Augustine explores free will, predestination, and the nature of sin.||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Barbarians at the Gates-Augustine of Hippo Part 3||Augustine goes from conversion to baptism as a Christian. Shortly after he and Monica share the spiritual “Vision at Ostia”, Monica died. After arrival in North Africa, tragedy strikes again as Augustine’s only son died.||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 From Conversion to Confession; Augustine of Hippo Part 2||Episode 13: From Conversion to Confession, Augustine of Hippo Pt. 2 In this episode we follow Augustine of Hippo beginning his teaching career, his rising to prominence in Milan, to his conversion to Christianity.||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Give Me Chastity … Just Not Yet! Augustine of Hippo Part 1||Episode 12: Augustine of Hippo, Part 1 This time explore the namesake of the Augustinian Order, Augustine of Hippo. From his birth to his first time in Carthage, as he begins searching for wisdom. On the way, we meet Monica,||7/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Get Thee to a Monastery!||Episode 11! In this episode we follow Martin Luther from his oath made at the thunderstorm to the gates of the Augustinian Order. He leaves his prior life behind, and becomes an Augustinian friar. Luther celebrates his first mass as an ordained pr||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Luther at a Crossroads: Mortality in the Middle Ages||Episode 10: Luther at a Crossroads-Mortality in the Middle Ages. We look at the Middle Ages, The Black Death (The Plague), and mortality in the Middle Ages.||5/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Between Reason and Faith||Episode 9 is here! In this program we look at the methods of learning and the study of theology Luther would have been exposed to during his time at the University of Erfurt while working toward his Bachelors and Masters degrees. Aristotle,||4/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: The University of Erfurt||This time we begin a brief overview of Martin Luther’s time at the University of Erfurt. This is a shorter episode due to some time constraints, but the next episode will be back to the regular length you’ve grown accustomed to!||3/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: The Early Years-Alternative vs. Real History||Episode 7! On this program, we begin discussing the what we know about Luther’s early days. As before, there are some facts we know, a fair amount conjecture, and frankly a whole lot of myth. This early life has been the debate of various biograph||2/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Saxony||Episode 6: Saxony This time we turn to Saxony, the place of Martin Luther’s birth. This episode delves into an understanding of the who, the where and the what of Saxons and Saxony. We meet Saxon leaders: Widukind,||2/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: The Holy Roman Empire (Part 3)||On this episode, we’ll finish our survey of the Holy Roman Empire, taking us to the time of Luther. This will include the formalization of the Prince Electors, and then the rise of the final dynasty of the Empire,||2/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: The Holy Roman Empire (Part 2)||EPISODE 4 IS HERE!! This time we’ll pick up with the sunset of Charlemagne’s reign, the demise of Carolingian dynasty and the rise of several other dynastic families, including Otto “The Great” who is crowned Holy Roman Emperor. Later,||2/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: The Holy Roman Empire (Part 1)||Hello! Sorry it took a bit longer to get this one out. But here it is: Episode 3: The Holy Roman Empire (Part 1) In this episode we leave Martin Luther after his birth in 1483, and go back to the fall of the Roman Empire in the West,||1/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Meet the Parents||In Episode 2 we learn the backstory to Luther’s family.||1/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Life and Times of Martin Luther Episode 1: To Begin||This "pilot" episode details how and why this podcast is beginning, with an overview of the story arch and scope of the podcast. Namely, the life of Martin Luther, in tandem with the events of the Reformation. The series will also capture...||1/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
This podcast is an auspicious introduction to, as the title indicates, the life and times of Martin Luther. It is well thought out and articulate. I look forward to more podcasts on the same topic from this author.
Great Pilot Episode!
This first episode was well written & well spoken and left me looking forward to Episode 2! I am excited to learn more not only about Martin Luther but also about events occurring during his lifetime.
Well-research and good storytelling
I am really enjoying these early episodes and look forward to the story continuing! Well-researched and a good quality podcast.