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Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings (w/ CD-ROM) [Paperback]

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Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.25" Width: 7.03" Height: 1.23"
Weight:   2.23 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2004
ISBN  0800636805  
EAN  9780800636807  

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Undoubtedly the best single-volume reader on Luther, this text includes his most influential and important writings in modern translations; excerpts from sermons and letters that trace his theological development; his Preface to Romans; and some controversialist writings. The included CD-ROM features the fully searchable text, a brief biography, historical timeline, glossary, links to Reformation-era resources, and more.

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- New features orient students into the Luther's life, context, and Reformation history
- Additional readings allow teachers to explore further dimensions of Luther's thought

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Great one volume tool  Jan 8, 2007
This work is a great compilation of the works of Luther. It is fair and and also a great start in understanding and reading Luther's works. The one thing that I really like about the editor is that he gives a small introduction to each writing, the when and why the particular writing was written.

The book starts off with Luther's major theologies in the 97 Theses, 95 Theses and the Heidelberg Disputation. This compilation of the 97 theses was nice to see since it is so unfamiliar to most people but was Luther's first cry against Aristotle's theology. Most people have heard of Luther's famous quote, "Reason is a whore!," well the 97 Theses: Disputation against Scholastic Theology, gives you the full reasoning for this cry.

The book then materializes Luther's thoughts on the Power of the Word of God, The righteousness in Christ (which includes excerpts of his famous work, The Bondage of the Will), The promise of the Sacraments, The Reform of the Church, and the living and dying as a Christian. These are all done as not only formal works but also in some of his sermons.

I would definitely recommend this book as it will start the reader off on the right foot of Luther's theology and then you can decide where you would like to find further insight.
Good Basic Overview of Luther  Nov 11, 2005
The reason Luther remains a puzzle to some is that his theology did have development. This book has selections from all periods of his career. When you get to "The Babylonian Captivity of the Church," there can be no question as to where he stands-- also with the "Smalcald Articles. This book does have some summaries and explanations at the beginning of sections that explain the historic background. A good summary of the 55 volume "American Edition."
The Power and the Wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24)  Feb 8, 2005
This is an incredible volume and, in my opinion, a better introduction to Luther than "Selections From His Writings". It contains a number of his better-known works including the infinitely worthy "Smaller Catechism," the infamous "95 Theses," and the thesis chapters from his personal favorite, "The Bondage of the Will." Alongside these monumental works are set lesser-known, but equally powerful writings. "A Meditation on Christ's Passion" held me near tears for its whole length and "The Freedom of a Christian" is (in my humble opinion) one of the greatest pieces of Christian literature ever penned. It would be too great a task to examine the whole of the contents of the book, but I would like to look in more detail at my personal favorite of the works in this anthology, "The Freedom of a Christian."

Martin Luther's treatise "The Freedom of a Christian" is perhaps the most powerful and concise presentation of the Christian life ever written. I cannot recommend this work highly enough. I rank this among the very best of Luther's works (and that is really saying something). If an inexpensive copy were still in publication I would buy every copy to give as gifts to friends and family. The power, discernment, brevity and readability of this work make a true gem among Reformation writings (and Christian writings in general). Here you will find the essence of the spirit of the Reformation distilled into a guide for practical, biblical living.

With the clarity and bold authority of a true prophet, Luther sets forth the whole of the Christian life in two theses: "A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all." We are free from sin and the law (subject to none) but slaves to Christ in love (subject to all). As Paul writes in Romans 6:22, "But have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God."

Luther writes as a shepherd of the common people and the tone and content differ greatly from his better-known debate-oriented works (ie. Bondage of the Will, 95 Theses). The doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone is the heart and soul of Luther's message, founded upon a firm conviction in the authority of scripture alone.

He writes, "One thing, and only one thing, is necessary for Christian life, righteousness, and freedom. That one thing is the most holy Word of God, the gospel of Christ."

And again, "It ought to be the first concern of every Christian to lay aside all confidence in works and increasingly to strengthen faith alone and through faith to grow in the knowledge, not of works, but of Christ Jesus, who suffered and rose for him.... No other work makes a Christian.... 'This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent' (John 6:29)."

And regarding our service to God, "...In this way the stronger member may serve the weaker, and we may be sons of God, each caring for and working for the other, bearing one another's burdens and so fulfilling the law of Christ. This is a truly Christian life. Here faith is truly active through love. That is, it finds expression in works of the freest service, cheerfully and lovingly done, with which a man willingly serves another without hope of reward; and for himself he is satisfied with the fullness and wealth of his faith."

Luther has been described by some as "abrasive" and "crude." O, for more abrasive, crude, Spirit-filled men of God like Luther. He speaks in the manner of Peter--both as a man of the common people and as a prophet of the Most High God. Here is the heart and soul of the Reformation. Luther's heart is poured out in his writings and his heart is filled only with the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ, which is the power and the wisdom of God.
great composite of luther's famous works  Dec 29, 2002
this book is an excellent encyclopedia of luther's most famous works. Luther was a theologian for the people and his paradoxes and ironies are easy to understand. Luther's intoxication with the proper understanding of the Law & Gospel thrilled his soul and he shows how it affects the sacraments, the church, the government, and of course, justification of sinful man before God. if you do not have 44 volumes of Luther's works in your library, this one is a good start.
Great Survey  May 16, 2000
This book provides a great survey of Luther's major writings. This book is best read in a class setting, as every piece has a very particular context. Many of the pieces are Luther's direct response to the occurences around him. The book makes the most sense when one has access to Luther's historical and social situation, which can be found in books like Luther: Man Between God and the Devil, written by Heiko Oberman.

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