Reformation exhibit highlights art as teaching tool and propaganda


Reformation exhibit :MINNEAPOLIS (RNS) When it came to art, Martin Luther was much more interested in music than in the visual arts.

He once called music “half a sacrament” and said, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”

But Luther also recognized images had the power to teach ­– a powerful form of communication the church could use, said David Morgan, professor and chair of the department of religious studies at Duke University.

“So from the beginning, he defended the use of images,” Morgan said.