The Theologia Germanica of Martin Luther [NOOK Book]


Luther popularized this work by an unknown 14th-century German author who focuses on the "divine life," which is directed or guided by the "true light" of God. A primer in Catholic mysticism, it offers an abundance of insightful spiritual advice, written in simple language and relevant to all Christian denominations.
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Luther popularized this work by an unknown 14th-century German author who focuses on the "divine life," which is directed or guided by the "true light" of God. A primer in Catholic mysticism, it offers an abundance of insightful spiritual advice, written in simple language and relevant to all Christian denominations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486148496
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 1/9/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 765,761
  • File size: 818 KB

Table of Contents

Historical Introduction 9
Letter from Chevalier Bunsen to the Translator 25
Chap. I Of that which is perfect and that which is in part, and how that which is in part is done away, when that which is perfect is come 35
Chap. II Of what Sin is, and how we must not take unto ourselves any good Thing, seeing that it belongeth unto the true Good alone 37
Chap. III How Man's Fall and going astray must be amended as Adam's Fall was 38
Chap. IV How Man, when he claimeth any good Thing for his own, falleth, and toucheth God in His Honour 39
Chap. V How we are to take that Saying, that we must come to be without Will, Wisdom, Love, Desire, Knowledge, and the like 40
Chap. VI How that which is best and noblest should also be loved above all Things by us, merely because it is the best 42
Chap. VII Of the Eyes of the Spirit, wherewith Man looketh into Eternity and into Time, and how the one is hindered of the other in its Working 43
Chap. VIII How the Soul of Man, while it is yet in the Body, may obtain a Foretaste of eternal Blessedness 45
Chap. IX How it is better and more profitable for a Man that he should perceive what God will do with him, or to what end He will make Use of him, than if he knew all that God had ever wrought, or would ever work through all the Creatures; and how Blessedness lieth alone in God, and not in the Creatures, or in any Works 46
Chap. X How the perfect Men have no other Desire than that they may be to the Eternal Goodness what His Hand is to a Man; and how they have lost the Fear of Hell, and Hope of Heaven 48
Chap. XI How a righteous Man in this present Time is brought into Hell, and there cannot be comforted, and how he is taken out of Hell and carried into Heaven, and there cannot be troubled 50
Chap. XII Touching that true inward Peace, which Christ left to His Disciples at the last 53
Chap. XIII How a Man may cast aside Images too soon 54
Chap. XIV Of three Stages by which a Man is led upwards till he attaineth true Perfection 55
Chap. XV How all Men are dead in Adam and are made alive again in Christ, and of true Obedience and Disobedience 56
Chap. XVI Telleth us what is the old Man, and what is the new Man 57
Chap. XVII How we are not to take unto ourselves what we have done well, but only what we have done amiss 61
Chap. XVIII How that the Life of Christ is the noblest and best Life that ever hath been or can be, and how a careless Life of false Freedom is the worst Life that can be 62
Chap. XIX How we cannot come to the true Light and Christ's Life, by much Questioning or Reading, or by high natural Skill and Reason, but by truly renouncing ourselves and all Things 63
Chap. XX How, seeing that the Life of Christ is most bitter to Nature and Self, Nature will have none of it, and chooseth a false careless Life, as is most convenient to her 64
Chap. XXI How a Friend of Christ willingly fulfilleth by his outward Works, such Things as must be and ought to be, and doth not concern himself with the rest 65
Chap. XXII How sometimes the Spirit of God, and sometimes also the Evil Spirit may possess a Man and have the Mastery over him 66
Chap. XXIII He who will submit himself to God and be obedient to Him, must be ready to bear with all Things; to wit, God, himself, and all Creatures, and must be obedient to them all, whether he have to suffer or to do 68
Chap. XXIV How that Four Things are needful before a Man can receive divine Truth and be possessed with the Spirit of God 70
Chap. XXV Of two evil Fruits that do spring up from the Seed of the Evil Spirit, and are two Sisters who love to dwell together. The one is called spiritual Pride and Highmindedness, the other is false, lawless Freedom 71
Chap. XXVI Touching Poorness of Spirit and true Humility and whereby we may discern the true and lawful free Men whom the Truth hath made free 73
Chap. XXVII How we are to take Christ's Words when He bade us forsake all Things; and wherein the Union with the Divine Will standeth 77
Chap. XXVIII How, after a Union with the Divine Will, the inward Man standeth immoveable, the while the outward Man is moved hither and thither 78
Chap. XXIX How a Man may not attain so high before Death as not to be moved and touched by outward Things 80
Chap. XXX On what wise we may come to be beyond and above all Custom, Order, Law, Precepts and the like 81
Chap. XXXI How we are not to cast off the Life of Christ, but practise it diligently, and walk in it until Death 82
Chap. XXXII How God is a true, simple, perfect Good, and how He is a Light and a Reason and all Virtues, and how what is highest and best, that is, God, ought to be most loved by us 84
Chap. XXXIII How when a Man is made truly Godlike, his Love is pure and unmixed, and he loveth all Creatures, and doth his best for them 86
Chap. XXXIV How that if a Man will attain to that which is best, he must forswear his own Will; and he who helpth a Man to his own Will helpeth him to the worst Thing he can 88
Chap. XXXV How there is deep and true Humility and Poorness of Spirit in a Man who is 'made a Partaker of the Divine Nature' 89
Chap. XXXVI How nothing is contrary to God but Sin only; and what Sin is in Kind and Act 91
Chap. XXXVII How in God, as God, there can neither be Grief, Sorrow, Displeasure, nor the like, but how it is otherwise in a Man who is 'made a Partaker of the Divine Nature' 92
Chap. XXXVIII How we are to put on the Life of Christ from Love, and not for the sake of Reward, and how we must never grow careless concerning it, or cast it off 94
Chap. XXXIX How God will have Order, Custom, Measure, and the like in the Creature, seeing that He cannot have them without the Creature, and of four sorts of Men who are concerned with this Order, Law, and Custom 95
Chap. XL A good Account of the False Light and its Kind 97
Chap. XLI How that he is to be called, and is truly, a Partaker of the Divine Nature, who is illuminated with the Divine Light, and inflamed with Eternal Love, and how Light and Knowledge are worth nothing without Love 103
Chap. XLII A Question: whether we can know God and not love Him, and how there are two kinds of Light and Love - a true and a false 105
Chap. XLIII Whereby we may know a Man who is made a Partaker of the Divine Nature, and what belongeth unto him; and further, what is the token of a False Light and a False Free-Thinker 108
Chap. XLIV How nothing is contrary to God but Self-will, and how he who seeketh his own Good for his own sake, findeth it not; and how a Man of himself neither knoweth nor can do any good Thing 112
Chap. XLV How that where there is a Christian Life, Christ dwelleth, and how Christ's Life is the best and most admirable Life that ever hath been or can be 114
Chap. XLVI How entire Satisfaction and true Rest are to be found in God alone, and not in any Creature; and how he who will be obedient unto God, must also be obedient to the Creatures, with all Quietness, and he who would love God, must love all Things in One 115
Chap. XLVII A Question: Whether, if we ought to love all Things, we ought to love Sin also? 117
Chap. XLVIII How we must believe certain Things of God's Truth beforehand, ere we can come to a true Knowledge and Experience thereof 118
Chap. XLIX Of Self-will, and how Lucifer and Adam fell away from God through Self-will 118
Chap. L How this present Time is a Paradise and Outer Court of Heaven, and how therein there is only one Tree forbidden, that is, Self-will 119
Chap. LI Wherefore God hath created Self-will, seeing that it is so contrary to Him 120
Chap. LII How we must take those two Sayings of Christ: 'No Man cometh unto the Father, but by me', and 'No Man cometh unto Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him' 126
Chap. LIII Considereth that other Saying of Christ, 'No Man can come unto Me, except the Father, which hath sent Me, draw him' 128
Chap. LIV How a Man shall not seek his own, either in Things spiritual or natural, but the Honour of God only; and how he must enter in by the right Door, to wit, by Christ, into Eternal life 132
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