Charging Interest: Medieval Wisdom for a Modern Financial Crisis

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Martin Luther stands as one of the most significant figures in Western history. His distinction as the father of the Protestant Reformation is augmented by his innovative use of new technology (the printing press), his translation of the Christian Bible into the vernacular, and his impact upon European society. Born in 1483 to middle-class parents in Saxony, eastern Germany, he became an Augustinian monk, a priest, a professor of biblical literature, a reformer, a husband and father. He died in 1546 after having witnessed the birth of a renewal movement that would result in a profound shift in faith, politics, and society. He has been both praised and vilified for what he preached and wrote. His thought continues to influence all Christians and to animate the movement that bears his name.

Michael T. Grzonka completed his Ph.D. in chemistry before moving to the US from Germany in 1996. Since 2013, he has researched and published study resources on Martin Luther and the German Reformation. His key interest is exploring how Christian teaching and ethics intersect with contemporary economic practices.

Carter H. Lindberg is Professor of Church History at the School of Theology and Graduate College, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts.