Luther and the End of the World

According to legend (a recent one, as I understand it), Martin Luther once said that if he knew that the world was ending tomorrow, he would:

1. hide in his old monastery
2. kiss his wife
3. hug his children
4. visit his mother
5. take a walk
6. plant an apple tree
7. preach a sermon
8. pray the Lord’s prayer
9. recite the 10 commandments
10. drill his church members on his shorter catechism
11. sing “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”
12. try to convert as many infidels as possible
13. nail some more theses on a door
14. say, “those darn Anabaptists were right after all!”
15. have a cold one

And the answer is…?

2 Responses to “Luther and the End of the World”

  1. Paul D. says:

    I know this. The answer is [spoilers]…

    … plant an apple tree.

    (But it should have been #14.)

  2. MJG says:


    BTW My friend and former colleague Eric Gritsch, a well-known Luther scholar, has written to me that “Luther’s ‘saying’ about the apple tree has been conclusively proven to have originated in Germany in 1951.”

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