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Martin Luther: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Martin Luther: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Kindle Edition]

Scott H. Hendrix

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A useful new book. (Scott Hendrix, The Daily Telegraph)

This is a great addition to OUP's 'Very Short Introductions' series of books, which manages to pack a huge amount of fascinating and useful material into just over a hundred small pages. ... The author is clearly aware of a vast amount of scholarly discussion and secondary literature on Luther and has an enviable ability to summarise and critique it in short compass, and he does a good job of helping us appreciate the historical distance between us and Luther. (Lee Gatiss, Churchman)

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This introduction presents Martin Luther as historians now see him. Instead of singling him out as a modern hero, the book emphasizes the context in which Luther worked, the colleagues who supported him, and the opponents who adamantly opposed his agenda for change.

Scott H. Hendrix explains the religious reformation and Luther's importance, without ignoring the political and cultural forces that led the reformation down paths Luther could neither foresee nor influence. This Very Short Introduction pays tribute to Luther's genius, but also recognizes the self-righteous attitude that alienated contemporaries, offering a unique explanation for that behaviour.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (21 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DKR3ZW
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5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to the Father of Reformation 16 Dec 2010
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Published on
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Martin Luther is one of the most influential individuals in the history of Christianity as well as in the entire World history. The reform movement that he launched in the sixteenth century forever changed western Christianity, and almost all subsequent non-Catholic western Christian developments can be implicitly or explicitly traced to Luther's writings or ideas. Due to such a momentous impact on the course of history and the history of ideas, any well educated person ought to be at least acquainted with this remarkable man.

This very short introduction focuses on some of the most significant events and themes in Luther's life. It gives a short biographical sketch and, as would be expected, focuses primarily on the Luther's reforming activities. The book places Luther in context of sixteenth century religious and political developments, within Germany and throughout Europe. It also compares Luther to some earlier reformers, such as John Hus and Wycliffe, that are by and large considered unsuccessful in their strivings, although Luther has claimed that much of his later thinking has been influenced by these forerunners. The author of this book is largely sympathetic to Luther and his cause, but he is also quick to dispel some of the myths that have arisen over the centuries. For instance, the nailing of the ninety five theses at the door of the church in Wittenberg served as an announcement of a university discussion, and was not perceived in Luther's lifetime as a direct challenge to the Catholic Church. The latter interpretation arose with a generous help of hindsight. The book is also quick to denounce very scathing and at times downright rude and insulting language that Luther employed in some of his writing, but it points out that such outbursts need to be perceived through the lens of the time in which they were written. I would have also liked if this book were a bit more critical in appraising Luther's thinking, both within the larger reformation movement and from a perspective of those whole remained outside of it. In that regard I find The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction to be a much more balanced book. Nonetheless, this short book does a marvelous job of bringing to life one of history's most intriguing protagonists.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Oct 2014
By Heidi B. Good - Published on
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Nice synopsis of the life and thoughts of this important religious reformer. Helpful reference book for this Lutheran!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Gift 20 Dec 2011
By Buffy - Published on
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This is a good gift for someone interested in this topic. The recipient of the book said it is very interesting and wishes more books on the topic.
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