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Martin Luther: Selections from His Writings

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The development of Martin Luther's thought was both a symptom and a moving force in the transformation of the Middle Ages into the modern world.

Geographical discovery, an emerging scientific tradition, and a climate of social change had splintered the unity of medieval Christian culture, and these changes provided the background for Luther's theological challenge. His new
Paperback, Anchor Books edition, 560 pages
Published 1961 by Doubleday (first published February 20th 1958)
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Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I can't believe we finally finished this book! Well, I read about 2/3 on my own and the other 1/3 or so with my dad. We both really enjoyed it. I already loved Martin Luther as my favorite historical figure, but I really enjoyed getting to know him through his own writing. He is caustic and funny and stern and extremely intelligent. I love his style. I don't like when he gets too pedantic, and I wish Dillenberger had left out the preachier writings, but I did appreciate Dillenberger's editing fo ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I read the following selections from the book:

-Translator's Introduction
-Luther's Preface to the Complete Edition
-Selected Biblical Prefaces
-The Freedom of a Christian
-Two Kinds of Righteousness
-Commentary on Galatians
-The Bondage of the Will
-Select Sermons on the Catechism
-Sermon in Pleissenburg
-The Pagan Servitude of the Church

Those selections make up the bulk of the book but only some of Luther's writings. But, I read enough to get the gist.

Interestingly, I, like a few others, found Luther'
Rick Davis
Emily Stem
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Totally readable. Don't be intimidated by Luther.
Austin Mcgrath
Excellent book that gives you an insight into the theology of Luther, this will make a great reference book.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
You know, it's Luther; good sound bites, but not well reasoned arguments.

I did not read this whole thing, but have read most of it in other places. A good selection.
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Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A theses that is really worthy of the humanity goals, at least it's not political, it's aim is a religious reform , I will keep saying : " This book will save a life ".

Starting from the Holly Catholic Romanian Church the only official and the Responsible for the Crusades, which dominated the thoughts of Europeans more than a thousand years lasted in a terrible way, say a very strong dominance including the prevention of any opposition, discussion and finally the consideration of all opposers out
Erik Graff
Aug 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lutherans
Recommended to Erik by: David Lotz
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Being born of a Norwegian national, in some official sense I may be a member of the national church. However, I wasn't raised that way unless one counts the occasional Easter when Mother would take me to a Lutheran church to hear an interminable sermon. By coincidence, however, Larry Nolden, my best friend in early grade school being Lutheran and my parents not caring, I did attend Lutheran Sunday School for maybe a year during childhood. Fortunately, the teacher was a liberal, so I actually lea ...more
J. Alfred
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
"Martin Luther wishes salvation to the earnest reader!"
The first sentence of the text is as unexpected as much of the rest: whatever we think, culturally, of Luther, this sort of stern gregariousness is not it. Nor is the respect for the church fathers and Catholic saints, nor are the occasional references to classical authors, nor is the practical advice on the economy to the ruling class. This is a hard work in several ways; its language has, in many cases, been so often used by the Protestant
Earl H
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The selected writings of Luther in this collection are placed in topical sections but I read them based on the date they were written to give me insight of Luther's thinking and insights over time. In this way you get a perspective of his views during various situations he was living in and how it impacted his thoughts and faith life. The author here puts Luther's preface for his Latin writings in the beginning of this collection. It should be placed at both the beginning and end. Then when one ...more
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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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