Sunrise Suggests the Existence of God

“I can’t understand what must be in a man’s mind if he doesn’t feel seriously that there is a God when he sees the sun rise. It must at times occur to him that there are eternal things, or else he must push his face into the dirt like a sow. For it’s incredible that they [the planets] be observed to move without inquiring whether there isn’t somebody who moves them. In other areas it’s known that a house doesn’t build itself, etc. I should be glad to know what Erasmus and others think about this.”

— Martin Luther, early in the year 1533

from Table Talk, Luther’s Works, Vol. 54, “No. 447: Sunrise Suggests the Existence of God”

Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 54: Table Talk, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann, vol. 54 (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999), 73.