Religion: To Join the Wise Men

As a preacher, Martin Luther gave vigorous, arresting sermons, strong with earthy instances. On the theme of Christmas he sometimes preached for more than a month—from the beginning of Advent to Epiphany. In the recently published Martin Luther Christmas Book (Westminster Press, $2.50), Translator Roland H. Bainton has arranged samplings from these sermons on the Nativity. Excerpts:

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

"That was a mean job, watching flocks by night. Common sense calls it low-down work and the men who do it are regarded as trash. But. ....

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