In lecture twelve, Dr. Trueman discusses Luther’s writing of On Secular Authority (1523). This has been an important document for Lutherans in view of Nazi Germany and the Lutheran response. Dr. Trueman reminds us that we must be careful when interpreting the past from the mindset of the present. Luther’s world was Christian by default, with generic Christian ethics assumed to be the norm. In contrast, our modern world is characterized by choice, facing ethical questions that Luther never had to consider.
This lecture covers many interesting topics, beginning with Hitler and ending with the Anti-Christ. Dr. Trueman also touches on the subject of lying in extreme circumstances—think hiding Jews in your basement.