Luther Movie Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

The following discussion questions are designed to help you guide your students in a structured discussion as they work through their thoughts and reactions to the 2003 film 'Luther'.


Luther is a 2003 popular film about the life of Protestant reformer Martin Luther. Directed by Eric Till and Marco Canosa, the film explores Luther's time as a monk, the origins of his concerns about the state of the Church, and Luther's role in the early Protestant Reformation through the Diet of Worms. While this film is a popular adaptation of history, it can help students connect with Martin Luther and the complex events of the time in a more direct way. These discussion questions are intended for high school students, but can be adapted to other ages if desired.

Questions about History

  • Prior to seeing this film, what did you know about Martin Luther? What did this name mean to you?
  • What was the Protestant Reformation? What were members of this movement fighting for? What issues did they have with the Catholic Church? What were the risks that Luther and others were accepting in rebelling against the Catholic Church?
  • Why do you think the Protestant Reformation is remembered as such a crucial moment in history? How did this change Europe? How did this change people's ideas about religion?
  • What were some of the factors that led to the rapid growth of the Protestant movement? How did technology play a role in this? What have you learned about Martin Luther's use of the printing press?

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