What is more is that from Luther’s own words (which I have stated above) we are able to grasp the origin of the inversion of orders in modern society, which we see has prevailed in the modern world. Luther ushered in this new era of apostasy from God in his attempt to rationalize his own perversity and make of it the foundations for civil society. The erroneous principles upon which the modern world is based undeniably come from Luther himself and can never be reconciled to the teachings of the Gospel no matter what Luther might have thought.
“Brand Luther” suffers from some omissions that make it harder for those not already steeped in Reformation history to fully appreciate the tale. For example, in this history of the transformation of the print industry, Pettegree never lays out how early-16th-century printing was actually done, from the making of paper and typefaces to the painstaking setting and press work that put our modern struggles with toner cartridges and bad URLs in perspective. Similarly, readers hear about the implications of Luther’s callous stance on the 1525 Peasants’ Rebellion but are never clearly told what happened because they are presumed to already know.