Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World

Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World

by Eric Metaxas


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“Metaxas is a scrupulous chronicler and has an eye for a good story. . . . full, instructive, and pacey.” —The Washington Post

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas comes a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern history, Martin Luther, in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

On All Hallow’s Eve in 1517, a young monk named Martin Luther posted a document he hoped would spark an academic debate, but that instead ignited a conflagration that would forever destroy the world he knew. Five hundred years after Luther’s now famous Ninety-five Theses appeared, Eric Metaxas, acclaimed biographer of the bestselling Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future. Written in riveting prose and impeccably researched, Martin Luther tells the searing tale of a humble man who, by bringing ugly truths to the highest seats of power, caused the explosion whose sound is still ringing in our ears. Luther’s monumental faith and courage gave birth to the ideals of liberty, equality, and individualism that today lie at the heart of all modern life.

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ISBN-13: 9781101980026
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 53,377
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Eric Metaxas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If You Can Keep It, Bonhoeffer, Amazing Grace, and Miracles. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, and Metaxas has appeared as a cultural commentator on CNN, the Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He is the host of The Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated daily radio show. Metaxas is also the founder and host of Socrates in the City, the acclaimed series of conversations on “life, God, and other small topics,” featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Dick Cavett, and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, among many others. He is a senior fellow and lecturer at large at the King’s College in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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Table of Contents

Map xi

Chronology xiii

Introduction Pastor, Rebel, Prophet, Monk 1

Chapter 1 Beyond the Myths 7

Chapter 2 Lightning Strikes 31

Chapter 3 The Great Change 50

Chapter 4 A Monk at Wittenberg 67

Chapter 5 The "Cloaca" Experience 93

Chapter 6 The Theses Are Posted 107

Chapter 7 The Diet at Augsburg 140

Chapter 8 The Leipzig Debate 164

Chapter 9 The Bull Against Luther 193

Chapter 10 The Diet of Worms 202

Chapter 11 Enemy of the Empire 218

Chapter 12 The Wartburg 237

Chapter 13 The Revolution Is Near 261

Chapter 14 Luther Returns 276

Chapter 15 Monsters, Nuns, and Martyrs 297

Chapter 16 Fanaticism and Violence 311

Chapter 17 Love and Marriage 338

Chapter 18 Erasmus, Controversy, Music 356

Chapter 19 The Plague and Anfechtungen Return 378

Chapter 20 The Reformation Comes of Age 390

Chapter 21 Confronting Death 410

Chapter 22 "We Are Beggars. This Is True." 421

Epilogue The Man Who Created the Future 433

Acknowledgments 447

Appendix: Frederick's Dream 449

Notes 453

Bibliography 463

Index 465

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