With friends like these…

Martin Luther, reverend über-father of all Protestants had a sharp wit, and an even sharper pen. He knew that for the church to rule supreme, there was but one enemy.

He wrote 1546 in his last sermon in Wittenberg:

Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but–more frequently than not–struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.

Up to here, every atheist in the world nod in agreement. Except for his conclusion:

Reason […] is the devil’s greatest whore.

It’s obvious that Luther wanted – needed – people to remain stupid in order to fill churches.

With supporters like these, faith doesn’t need enemies.