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One of the best books written on Martin Luther 19 Oct. 2008
By Jordan B. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
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I had read previously Althaus' Theology of Martin Luther, and have found it to be the best one volume resource of Luther's theology yet written. Althaus has a deep knowledge of all of Luther's writings. Often, especially with the new "finnish interpretation of Luther", the developement of his thought is not carefully taken into account. In this companion volume to the Theology of Martin Luther, Althaus discusses Luther's ethics. He overviews Luther's idea of Vocation, marriage, work, the state, the two kingdoms, and the law. Luther's ideas of ethics were revolutionary in the time period. He abolished the distinction between sacred and secular which had become popular with the rise of monasticism and was also taught by his anabaptist opponents. Luther saw that all men were able to serve God in their specific stations so long as they were serving their neighbor. Luther's theology of the two Kingdoms was contrary to the model of the Papacy that prevailed since the time of Gregory. The church and the state were seperate entities which should never be confused, as opposed to the Roman and Calvinistic teaching, but Luther also distances himself from the anabaptist position. A Christian is involved in both sacred and secular affairs. This book is essential for understanding the thought of Martin Luther.
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Well Written Insights and Interpretations of Luther's Ethics 15 July 2009
By C. Stephans - Published on Amazon.com
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Althaus wrote The Ethics of Martin Luther as a companion to his book The Theology of Martin Luther. Here Althaus thoroughly and succinctly summarizes Luther's Christian ethics. This is the book to read to see what Luther has to say about living the Christian life.

Althaus shows that for Luther justification through faith is not only a theological principle but is the foundation of the Christian life, as it informs his ethics. Readers will learn from Althaus with many quotations from Luther what it means to live a life based on justification through faith by grace. Additionally, Althaus expounds on Luther's ethics based on natural and Christian law, vocations and stations in life, the two kingdoms and governments, love, marriage, parenthood, work, economics and the state.

I especially appreciated how Althaus showed the relationship between justification through faith alone and good works in Luther's ethics. Readers will learn how Luther saw faith and works as hand-in-hand. For him, the Christian does good works as a result of salvation by grace through faith. He or she is obedient to God in joy and freedom as a necessity from salvation and not for the obtaining of salvation. It was helpful to see this correlation explained so well in this book. He also explains the tension for Christians who are at the same time saints and sinners in the world.

I also think Luther's ethical teachings about Christians' roles in work, society and family are especially relevant and profound today. His ethics of economics flow from Scripture and would make a good basis for teaching in the church today as well.
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A Delight and A Joy To Read! 3 Jan. 2011
By Lisa M. Stapp - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the benefits of being a "more mature" student is discovering that required reading for courses uncovers treasures that you wish you had read decades ago.

Paul Althaus' "Ethics of Martin Luther" is one of those treasures!

I'm afraid that I expected something of a tedious read. The author is a German who died in 1961, I was expecting rigid and formal.

What I received was a series of delightful essays emphasizing the Christian's freedom in Christ. The burden of placating Jonathan Edwards "angry God" has been removed. God doesn't need our good behavior. We are free to act in love towards our neighbor, who very well may need to act on his or her behalf.

Take a deep breath and hear the freedom of the Gospel!
I have only completed the first segments and have already ... 1 Oct. 2014
By Carl R. Schwanbeck - Published on Amazon.com
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I have only completed the first segments and have already added a much deeper understanding of Luther's Theology and Bible meaning. A very detailed book but yet well written exposing a deeper understanding of Luther's theology. The book is the work of a very learned professor, Paul Althaus. This book is a second part of his complete work on Luther. Prof. Althaus was a world renowned authority on Luther and it shows. His writing is detailed as noted but yet provides clarity of his description of Luther's position in his theological positions. I believe it is a must read for any Lutheran or student of Theology on one the greats in Theological history.
Difficult but Interesting 24 Mar. 2014
By Dottie Jean - Published on Amazon.com
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A somewhat difficult book but interesting. I used it for a class in Christian ethics. It really isn't' a pleasure book.
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