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  • Fatal Discord

  • Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind
  • By: Michael Massing
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 34 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 77

This deeply textured dual biography and fascinating intellectual history examines two of the greatest minds of European history - Desiderius Erasmus and Martin Luther - whose heated rivalry gave rise to two enduring, fundamental, and often colliding traditions of philosophical and religious thought.

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  • Sustained Magnificence

  • By Donald Paul Gates, Jr. on 04-17-18

Sustained Magnificence

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Reviewed: 04-17-18

Where does Fatal Discord rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the best

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fatal Discord?

As Luther defended his views of the Bible at the Diet of Worms, he declared in conclusion, "Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise." At least that's what we've always been told! Apparently, he actually concluded with, "Amen." But it's not as good of a story.

Which character – as performed by Tom Parks – was your favorite?

I enjoyed Erasmus the most, as his humanist vision was ahead of his time and he presented an appealing alternative to the rigid ideologies of the day that led so many Europeans to kill one another.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

While a very flawed person, the incredible, fearless courage Luther showed in his defiance of the Catholic Church was astonishing. He could have faced burning at the stake many times over; indeed, it is a fate numerous of his followers suffered. Yet the threat never caused him to moderate his unbridled attacks against the Church, showing both the courage of his convictions and the power that beliefs of whose truth one is utterly convinced can have over a person's actions.

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