Martin Luther: The Christian between God and Death

Martin Luther: The Christian between God and Death

by Richard Marius
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Martin Luther: The Christian between God and Death

Few figures in history have defined their time as dramatically as Martin Luther. And few books have captured the spirit of such a figure as truly as this robust and eloquent life of Luther. A highly regarded historian and biographer and a gifted novelist and playwright, Richard Marius gives us a dazzling portrait of the German reformer--his inner compulsions, his struggle with himself and his God, the gestation of his theology, his relations with contemporaries, and his responses to opponents. Focusing in particular on the productive years 1516-1525, Marius' detailed account of Luther's writings yields a rich picture of the development of Luther's thought on the great questions that came to define the Reformation.

Marius follows Luther from his birth in Saxony in 1483, during the reign of Frederick III, through his schooling in Erfurt, his flight to an Augustinian monastery and ordination to the outbreak of his revolt against Rome in 1517, the Wittenberg years, his progress to Worms, his exile in the Wartburg, and his triumphant return to Wittenberg. Throughout, Marius pauses to acquaint us with pertinent issues: the question of authority in the church, the theology of penance, the timing of Luther's "Reformation breakthrough," the German peasantry in 1525, Müntzer's revolutionaries, the whys and hows of Luther's attack on Erasmus.

In this personal, occasionally irreverent, always humane reconstruction, Luther emerges as a skeptic who hated skepticism and whose titanic wrestling with the dilemma of the desire for faith and the omnipresence of doubt and fear became an augury for the development of the modern religious consciousness of the West. In all of this, he also represents tragedy, with the goodness of his works overmatched by their calamitous effects on religion and society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674003873
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 11/01/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 5.82(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.47(d)

Table of Contents


1. Luther's Europe

2. The Early Years

3. The Flight to the Monastery

4. Years of Silence

5. Rome and Wittenberg

6. The Lectures on the Psalms

7. The Lectures on the Romans, Galatians, and Hebrews

8. The Controversy over Indulgences

9. Preparing for Battle

10. Beyond Heidelberg

11. The Leipzig Debate

12. The Discovery of the Gospel

13. The Plunge into the Unknown

14. The Breaking Point

15. The Freedom of a Christian

16. The Progress to Worms

17. Exile in Patmos

18. Back to Wittenberg

19. Tribulation

20. The September Testament

21. The Authority of Princes

22. On the Jews

23. Worship and Ethics

24. Opposition and Divisions

25. The Peasants' Rebellion

26. Marriage

27. The Attack on Erasmus

28. Epilogue



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