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To begin. I must deny that there are seven Sacraments, and must lay it down, for the time being, that there are only three, baptism, penance, and the bread, and that by the Court of Rome all these have been brought into miserable bondage, and the Church despoiled of all her liberty. And yet, if I were to speak according to the usage of Scripture, I should hold that there w ...more
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Published November 18th 2010 by Luther Books (first published January 1st 1520)
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Scott Harris
May 17, 2013 Scott Harris rated it really liked it
This is the second edition of this book that I've read and I find that it is an interesting read both theologically and historically. Luther's perspective, like so many theologians throughout history, is grossly misrepresented in common reference and understanding. He was a bright, passionate, well-reasoned individual who grew into his perspective on the sacraments shown here. His vitriolic writing, which is abrasive for modern readers, is typical of his contemporaries engaged in these written d ...more
John Hatley
Aug 15, 2014 John Hatley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The more I read of Martin Luther, the more I like him, both as a theologian and as a person. He was truly a remarkable man.
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A treatise Luther wrote a few months after he was excommunicated. In it he critiques the Roman Catholic view of the sacraments.
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Luther is easy to read and reading his writing gives a better understanding of both his times, the church environment and his beliefs and teachings.
Jay Miklovic
Dec 06, 2011 Jay Miklovic rated it really liked it
In this book Martin Luther takes aim at the Roman Catholic Church's understanding of the sacraments in the 1500's.

A good portion of the beginning of this book was devoted to refuting the Catholic notion of the time that only clergy could partake of the cup, while both laity and clergy could partake of the bread. Luther attacks the Catholic understanding of the Mass, but it is important to note that he does not go so far as many protestants would have liked him to, in denying the real presence o
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Brian
Apr 06, 2013 Brian rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book or rather about Luther. On the one hand, Luther has had some important impact on Protestant exegesis that should be reconsidered, he has one drum to beat in every book he writes, and, as he admitted, his style only reflected him in his On the Bondage of the Will.

On the positive side, Luther was no gnostic who saw the importance of the sacraments that we have lost, and even when firing off half his cylinders, Luther still could teach Christians how to verbal
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Jeremy Egerer
Oct 29, 2013 Jeremy Egerer rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful -- a powerful treatise on the nature of the sacraments, with one of the wittiest and most ironic prefaces I've ever read. A thorough thrashing of the Papacy and the illegitimate priesthood, and a sound reminder of Christian equality and the power of salvation. A must-read.
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An important document in the Reformation, marking Luther's argument against seven sacraments.
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Martin Luther was a German monk, theologian, university professor and church reformer whose ideas inspired the Protestant Reformation and changed the course of Western civilization.

Luther's theology challenged the authority of the papacy by holding that the Bible is the only infallible source of religious authority and that all baptized Christians under Jesus are a spiritual priesthood. According
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