Historical perspective is useful. You may think that the age of Trump is the most dismal  in the history of civil discourse. But religious discourse in the 16th century takes the prize. So when you feel badly about the latest Trumpian insult, read Martin Luther for a good laugh.

Sample this savory incivility:

“Gently, dear Pauli, dear donkey, don’t dance around! Oh, dearest little ass, don’t dance around – dearest, dearest little donkey, don’t do it. For the ice is very solidly frozen this year because there was no wind – you might fall and break a leg. If a fart should escape you while you were falling, the whole world would laugh at you and say, “Ugh, the devil! How the ass has befouled himself!” And that would be a great crime. Oh, that would be dangerous! So consider your own great danger beforehand, Hellish One.”

From Against the Roman Papacy, an Institution of the Devil, pg. 280 of Luther’s Works, Vol. 41


Think what you will, so make in your pants, hang it round your neck, then make a jelly of it and eat it like the vulgar sows and asses you are!”

From Against Hanswurst, pg. 187 of Luther’s Works, Vol. 41

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