CHICAGO (RNS) — It has been more than 500 years since German monk Martin Luther’s words went viral, thanks to what was then some cutting-edge technology. 

In 1517, Luther’s famed 95 Theses helped spark the Protestant Reformation after they were distributed far and wide with the help of the printing press, the 16th century’s version of social media.  

Now his advice from a later letter, written in the midst of a 1527 pandemic, once again is making the rounds.

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Quotes from the letter appeared on social media as the COVID-19 pandemic upended life earlier this year.

Scholar and retired Anglican bishop N.T. Wright highlighted Luther’s advice in “God and the

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