Martin Luther: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Oct 21, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 126 pages
When Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses (reputedly nailed to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg), he unwittingly launch a movement that would dramatically change the course of European history. This superb short introduction to Martin Luther, written by a leading authority on
Luther and the Reformation, presents this pivotal figure as historians now see him. Instead of singling him out as a modern hero, historian Scott Hendrix emphasizes the context in which Luther worked, the colleagues who supported him, and the opponents who adamantly opposed his agenda for change.
The author explains the religious reformation and Luther's importance without ignoring the political and cultural forces, like princely power and Islam, which led the reformation down paths Luther could neither foresee nor influence. The book pays tribute to Luther's genius but also recognizes the
self-righteous attitude that alienated contemporaries. The author offers a unique explanation for that attitude and for Luther's anti-Jewish writings, which are especially hard to comprehend after the Holocaust.
 

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Contents

1 Luther and the Reformation
1
2 Becoming a reformer
13
3 The labours of reform
25
4 Luthers Bible
36
5 The new Christianity
47
6 The political reformation
59
7 From monk to family man
70
8 Angels and demons
81
Afterword
93
References and further reading
103
Chronology
111
Glossary and biography
115
Index
121
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Scott H. Hendrix is Professor Emeritus of Reformation History at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a past president of the Society for Reformation Research.

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