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The Legacy of Luther

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He was the most influential man of his day. The movement that began with his posting of the Ninety-five Theses reshaped Europe, redirected Christian history, and recovered the truth of Gods word. Five hundred years later, what is Luthers legacy? In this volume, R.C. Sproul, Stephen J. Nichols, and thirteen other scholars and pastors examine his life, teaching and enduring ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published October 3rd 2016 by Reformation Trust Publishing
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With this year being the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, everyone should be reading something about Martin Luther, and this particular book is a good choice for either beginner or dyed-in-the-wool Lutheran. Everything from Luther's life, his teaching, his interactions with other reformers, and the legacy he left behind is addressed here.

This book is divided into three sections that are each addressed through a series of essays written by an impressive team of theologians. While it is inter
David Steele
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
R.C. Sproul and Stephen J. Nichols, The Legacy of Luther. Sanford: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2016, 308 pp. $15.66

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the Ninety-Five Theses to the castle door in Wittenberg. One act of courage sparked a theological firestorm in Germany that set the world able in a matter of days. Spreading like wildfire, thousands were introduced to the gospel, which is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

The Legacy of Luther celebrates the acco
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is impossible to talk about the Reformation without talking about Martin Luther. His Ninety-Five Theses jumpstarted this movement in the church that led back to the truth of justification.

This book is a collection of essays, written by some of today’s top Reformed theologians and pastors, on different aspects of Luther’s life and theology, including the legacy he left behind.

This is a must read for anyone interested in Luther, the Reformation, church history, or Christian theology. The organi
Josh Hamon
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2017 was the year of Martin Luther books and films. No surprise since 10/31/2017 was the 500th anniversary of him starting the Protestant Reformation. R.C. Sproul managed to get quite a team together to dive deep into his life. Splitting up chapters among different offers keeps the text from becoming another dry history book. I don't know if anything can display Bainton as the Luther briographer but this book deserve to be high on the list of biographies.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Not only does it talk about Martin Luther but also about many of the other reformers. I like how the book is organized. It isn't written by just one person but several and they reinforced what others had to say.
First sentence (from the foreword): Much of the discussion about Martin Luther these days seems to focus on his flaws rather than his faith, and that’s a pity. ~ John MacArthur

Premise/plot: The Legacy of Luther is edited by R.C. Sproul and Stephen J. Nichols. It has many contributors including: John MacArthur, David B. Calhoun, Joel R. Beeke, Steven J. Lawson, Stephen J. Nichols, Michael S. Horton, Guy Prentiss Waters, Sinclair B. Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey. Gene Edward Veith, Aaron Clay Denlin
Justin Orman
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A collaborative effort that is a really great read. The first three chapters particularly focus on Luther's biography while the rest of the book reflects on Luther's thought and theology.

The biography sections are, in my opinion the least interesting part of the book. In the section on the Diet of Worms, John Eck, the assistant of the archbishop of Trier, who handled the public interrogation of Luther at the Diet, is oddly conflated with the other John Eck, who debated Luther at Leipzig and lat
Greg Wilson
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As we swiftly approach the five hundredth anniversary of what is marked as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, there has been no shortage of books on Martin Luther. Regardless of how knowledgeable one may be with the monk and his ninety-five theses, this book does a masterful job of detailing his life, dissecting his thought, and demonstrating his legacy.

Sproul and Nichols serve as editors as well as contributors to this excellent treatment of the impact that Martin Luther had in the wo
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
[R.C. Sproul, Editor] Ok class this week’s assignment is to write a short essay on the life of Luther.

*students turn in 14 essays*
*staples them together and publishes a book*

Agggh. I’m indebted to RC Sproul for his teaching. I love the man. But this truly reads as a collection of essays, making the material very repetitive.

Luther altered the course of world history. He is worth getting to know. I’m not sure this is the best source. Bainton’s biography is cited frequently in these essays, that’
Cole Brandon
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great introduction to the life, thought, and legacy of Luther!!! A fast and lively read. So many interesting and underrated faucets of this grand Reformer are brought to light. I find most Protestants only know Luther as a man of division and anti-semitism, spending more effort apologizing for Luther than getting to know him, and this volume equips Christians to do the opposite. I finally decided upon a 5/5 instead of a 4/5 rating, despite the sub-par quality of chapters five and six (Scriptur ...more
Josh Bauder
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a strong collection of scholarly essays celebrating Luther's thought and influence. All chapters but one avoid hagiography, and charity forbids further comment on the exception.

The penultimate chapter, "A New Song Begun: Luther and Music" by Terry Yount, is superb.
Mathew Nix
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a two-in-one book. It begins with a very good biographical sketch of the life of Luther. Then it proceeds into a lengthy study of his theological contributions to Christianity. It is all very well written and informative for anyone interested in church or doctrinal history, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, etc.

Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked the content, but it didn't flow. It jumped around a lot. I found it difficult to read for a significant period of time. Just when I got into the subject of a chapter/paragraph a new topic was introduced.
Matthew G.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Insightful, challenging, and equally approachable in all parts. A joy to read from beginning to end, and leaves one hunger for seconds.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Written by different authors. Some parts are just fantastic and some drag on a bit.
Jeffery Lee Radatz
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Not exactly what I am looking for. This one is more spiritual than I would like.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-challenge
An excellent look at Luther’s life from the perspective of several different authors.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting.....lots of repeat information
Nate Weis
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent summary of Luther's life, thought, and legacy from an all-star team of theologians.
Marguerite Harrell
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am enjoying this book so far and taking my time reading through this book. I do wish that I do have a book form but got the e-book.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Good overview of Luther and his various roles. Includes some good history on other Reformers (both friend and foe to Luther). The book is a compilation of writings from various authors on various topics, which kept the book interesting.
Hank Pharis
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is perhaps the second place to start in considering Luther. Call it Introduction to Luther 201. It is more in depth than The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther but still for the most part easy reading.

After listening to this I had to read it. As I said above this is a very helpful intro to Luther.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Legacy of Luther edited by R.C. Sproul is a timely read in light of the coming celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This work brings together some of the bes church historians to address important aspects of Luther's life and thought.

The contributors to this volume are: Stephen Nichols, Steven Lawson, David B. Calhoun, Joel Beeke, Michael Horton, Guy Prentiss Waters, Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Gene Edwards Veith, Aaron Clay Denlinger, Scott Maentsch, Sean Micha
Katherine Wacker
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In their book, The Legacy of Luther, Editors R.C. Sproul and Stephen Nichols examine the life and work of the conflicted German monk who sparked the Reformation. In this new volume published 500 years after the pivotal event in church history, Sproul, Nichols, and thirteen other theologians and scholars look at different aspects of Martin Luther’s biography, work and ministry, and bring new light on a man known for his intellect, passion and, yes, imperfection.

The Legacy of Luther is not extensi
James Curtis
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The authors do an excellent job of describing the type of person and theology of Luther and the Lutheran Church which followed him and others.

Whereas the church has always had some who believed in the doctrines of grace (and the Reformation) it took someone like Luther to forge the way. Unlike Hus, Luther was protected by the civil authorities allowing him to continue his work after being condemned to death by the church.

In theology his chief problems included staunchly adhering to the real pres
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great book
Jim Becker
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about Luther. Every author wrote about some aspect of his life and writings. I liked some more than others. Very good
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Dr. R.C. Sproul (1939–2017) was founder of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian discipleship organization located near Orlando, Fla. He was founding pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine.

Ligonier Ministries began in 1971 as the Ligonier Valley Study Center in Ligonier, Pa. In an effort t