The Christian leader who inspired the Protestant Reformation: his views on polygyny

Martin Luther (Not MLK) on polygyny:

“I confess that I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict the Scripture. If a man wishes to marry more than one wife he should be asked whether he is satisfied in his conscience that he may do so in accordance with the word of God. In such a case the civil authority has nothing to do in the matter.”

– (De Wette II, 459, ibid., pp. 329-330.)


Categories: Bible, Christianity, Quotation

5 replies

  1. Christian arguments against polygamy are really secularist in nature and, as Luther recognised, are not supported by the Bible itself. All of which does not leave any room for Christian criticisms of the legalistic allowance for polygamy in Islam.

    Some Chistians complain about Islam allowing a man to take four wives, and convieniantly forget that most of the Biblical prophets had more than one wife. According to Bible King soloman had 1000 wives.


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