Martin Marty?professor, author, pastor, historian, and journalist?is, in Bill Moyers's words, ?the most influential interpreter of American religion.? In "Martin Luther" this man of unswerving faith, rooted in his own Lutheran tradition yet deeply committed to helping enrich a pluralist society, brings to powerful life the devout Reformation ...
Martin Marty?professor, author, pastor, historian, and journalist?is, in Bill Moyers's words, ?the most influential interpreter of American religion.? In "Martin Luther" this man of unswerving faith, rooted in his own Lutheran tradition yet deeply committed to helping enrich a pluralist society, brings to powerful life the devout Reformation figure whose despair for a perilous world, felt anew in our own times, drove him to a ceaseless search for assurance of God's love. It was one that led him steadily to a fresh interpretation of human interaction with God?as born solely from God's grace and not the Church's mediation?and to the famous theses he posted at Wittenberg in 1517. Luther's persistence in this belief, and in his long battle with Church leaders?embellished by rich historical background?make Marty's biography riveting reading. Luther's obdurate yet receptive stance, so different from the travestied image of ?fundamentalism? we currently face, restored the balance between religion and the individual. "Martin Luther" is at once a fascinating history, a story of immense spiritual passion and amazing grace, and a superb intellectual biography.
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Martin Marty provides a compact introduction to the life and thought of Martin Luther. He presents Luther's life chronologically in four chapters of roughly equal length. This makes the first chapter, which covers the greatest span of years, a little dense for the reader new to the history of the 1500s. The sections on Luther's thought are quite good, although some longer quotations from Luther himself would have helped impart more of the flavor of the man and his profound eloquence of thought. Our parish is using this book as the text for an eight-week introduction to Martin Luther in combination with the recent movie, "Luther," starring Joseph Fiennes. Together the two works present a pretty well-rounded portrait of a significant man who made his mark at the crossroads of the medieval and modern worlds.
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