The Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation is a comprehensive study of the life and work of Martin Luther and the movements that followed him—in history and through today. Entries explore Luther’s contributions to theology, sacraments, his influence on the church and contemporaries, his character, and more.
Volume 1: From the Reformation to Pietism Volume 2: From the Enlightenment to the Present
Author: Eric Lund
Publisher: Fortress Press
This unique collection of excerpts from Lutheran historical and theological documents--many translated here for the first time-presents readers with a full picture of how the Lutheran movement developed in its thought and practice. The editors‘ judicious selections and helpful introductions acquaint readers with both the enduring characteristics and changing features of this revolutionary Christian momement, always with an eye to how it affected and was experienced by ordinary people. Volume one covers the period from the Reformation to the rise of Pietism. Volume Two analyzes the evolution of post-Enlightenment Lutheranism as it spreads to all the religions of the world.
Brecht provides a comprehensive study of the consolidation of the Reformation in the middle period of Luther's active life. He treats both Luther's personal life and the development of Lutheran doctrine and practice exhaustively. The reader is left with great admiration for Luther's talents as a theologian, translator, and church builder.
From the Protestant Reformation to the Twentieth Century
Author: Justo L. González
Publisher: Abingdon Press
A treatment of the evolution of Christian thought from the birth of Christ, to the Apostles, to the early church, to the great flowering of Christianity across the world. The final volume begins with the towering theological leaders of the Protestant Reformation and traces the development of Christian thought through its encounter with modernity. Volume #2 9781426721915 Volume #1 9781426721892
The present work aims to set before the public the history, as told by the participants and eye-witnesses themselves in all the unreserve of private correspondence, of the most momentous crisis in the annals of Europe. It is impossible here to appreciate the importance of the Reformation; I have done it, partially, elsewhere, and hope to return to it in future. Suffice it to say that the revolution which goes by this name wrought an upheaval in the political, social and religious structure of Europe and prepared the ground for our modern civilizaiton. Every element of the movement is reflected in these letters: the return to the Bible, the revolt from ecclesiastical abuse and from papal authority, the economic and social reform, the growing nationalism and awakening subjectivism. The launching of the 'Ninety-five Theses' is described and their working on the minds of men portrayed; the summons of Luther before his ecclesiastical superiors first at Heidelberg and then at Augsburg, the great debate with Eck at Leipsic, the trumpet call to spiritual emancipation in the pamphlets of 1520, the preparation of the bull of excommunication and the burning of the same, and finally, as a fitting climax, the memorable appearance of Luther before the Emperor and Diet at Worms, are all set before our eyes. --from the Preface
Martin Luther and Bernard of Clairvaux. Collected Works Volume 2.
Author: Franz Posset
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Collected Works Vol. 1: The Two-Fold Knowledge: Readings on the Knowledge of Self and the Knowledge of God Vol. 2: Pater Bernhardus: Martin Luther and Bernard of Clairvaux Vol. 3: Luther’s Catholic Christology According to His Johannine Lectures of 1527
The Reformation was a seismic event in history, whose consequences are still working themselves out in Europe and across the world. The protests against the marketing of indulgences staged by the German monk Martin Luther in 1517 belonged to a long-standing pattern of calls for internal reform and renewal in the Christian Church. But they rapidly took a radical and unexpected turn, engulfing first Germany and then Europe as a whole in furious arguments about how God's will was to be discerned, and how humans were to be 'saved'. However, these debates did not remain confined to a narrow sphere of theology. They came to reshape politics and international relations; social, cultural, and artistic developments; relations between the sexes; and the patterns and performances of everyday life. They were also the stimulus for Christianity's transformation into a truly global religion, as agents of the Roman Catholic Church sought to compensate for losses in Europe with new conversions in Asia and the Americas. Covering both Protestant and Catholic reform movements, in Europe and across the wider world, this beautifully illustrated volume tells the story of the Reformation from its immediate, explosive beginnings, through to its profound longer-term consequences and legacy for the modern world. The story is not one of an inevitable triumph of liberty over oppression, enlightenment over ignorance. Rather, it tells how a multitude of rival groups and individuals, with or without the support of political power, strove after visions of 'reform'. And how, in spite of themselves, they laid the foundations for the plural and conflicted world we now inhabit.