When it comes down to politics it's dirty and machevellian, you can deny it or not, it's as I percieve history. And although my sketch was a bit sharp it's what happened on a political layer. This layer can also be half-conscious to the protagonists and consist of different other layers like ethical and social circumstances. Nevertheless there were political thinking actors in that time and as we speak about the German Peasant War: the year after it ended Machiavelli dies, so it's excactly the time when "the Prince" was becoming popular and thus the political process the german provincial princes drew towards Kaiser and Pope had religion as a welcome catalysator for the power struggle. Luther was a desired piece in unraveling that knot. Spoiler : a german singer once pictured that bond like this: 'Der Minister nimmt flüsternd den Bischof beim Arm: - Halt Du sie dumm, ich halt sie arm.' The secretary twitches the arm of the bishop and whispers: You keep them dumb, I keep them poor. And in regard of the jews: he said some ugly things about them (based ont he common mans prejeduces of the time), not so all peace and love by this man. The german - and I guess the international left as well also never forgave Luther for not helping the peasants against the rich aristocracy "Am Freßtrog der Obrigkeit" (fed and protected by the establishment) as well as Luther along with other reformators like Calvin planted the seeds of the workethics Spoiler : ("if you work hard, god loves you" evolved to "if you have money you deserve to have power, so having money is the ultimate religious goal and conscious-proof profits are it's rite" -- that explains why the american right is so fundamentalist in their way, I guess) that drove humanity into inhuman industrial ages anglo-saxon style capitalism as well as it's neo-liberal post-modern offspring.