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Martin Luther's 95 Theses [Paperback]

Stephen J. Nichols Martin Luther
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7 Nov 2012
This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare’s finesse to Oscar Wilde’s wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim’s Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any library.
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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed; First edition (7 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875525571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875525570
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 15.6 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful expository to accompany the 95 Theses 16 Sep 2011
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I found this book very insightful. The authors' notes that accompany Martin Luthers' 95 Theses, are clear and concise, and provide much needed insight into the events and motives, behind what was to become a momentous reformation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Time Reading 95 Theses 6 Nov 2007
By Mark C. Tubbs - Published on Amazon.com
In this booklet, the second of Stephen Nichols' trio of booklets highlighting major Reformed figures (the other two booklets feature Jonathan Edwards and J. Gresham Machen respectively), Nichols' stated aim is to bring Luther's Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences - better known as the Ninety-Five Theses - to contemporary Christians who have heard of the theses, but never read them. This edition of the theses includes two helpful features: an introduction which sets the theses in historical context, and a minimal commentary on every facing page, while the main text appears on the right hand page. Not every thesis warrants a commentary, so Nichols has sensitively selected which theses bear specialized notes. Even then, the notes provide context or expansion only when necessary, and often in Luther's own words derived from his later work explaining the Ninety-Five Theses (suitably entitled The Explanations of the Ninety-Five Theses).

A few preconceptions of mine were dispelled by this booklet. Firstly, that Luther's main goal in 1517, as demonstrated by the document's official title, was `merely' to expose Johann Tetzel's abuse of papal indulgences (in effect a get-out-of-purgatory-free card) by generating a debate among churchmen. Secondly, Luther's reformational theology was far from being definitively worked out at this point; he was still very much a sympathetic Catholic intent on reforming the Church, not destroying it. Tellingly, the Ninety-Fifth Thesis itself portrays salvation by suffering rather than by faith. This emphasis would change in the years to come.

But the two preconceptions which were most jarringly dashed were a) Luther's consistent defense of the pope throughout the document, and b) the content of the sequence of theses derived from the questions of shrewd parishioners. Unless Luther was representing his own questions as those of his parishioners for rhetorical effect - which would have been dishonest - I would not have thought that the average working class 16th century German was thinking reformational thoughts. No wonder this spark on the tinder lit up the spiritual and ecclesiological landscape of Europe for generations to come.

Embedded in the midst of the theses is the one I consider Luther's gem, the Sixty-Second. It contains the reason why Luther was compelled to act on that October day in 1517, and why he persevered to bring true biblical teaching to the gospel-hungry masses throughout the rest of his life: "The true treasure of the church is the most holy gospel of the glory and grace of God." Luther staked his life on this gospel, which is why we remember him and commemorate him today - and more importantly, the God he served.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well done! 3 Nov 2004
By Mark Nenadov - Published on Amazon.com
Of course the 95 theses haven't changed much in the last few years! But this booklet is really nice. Its very sturdy for a small booklet and has very helpful notes and a fine introduction. I highly recommend this if you want to get an idea of the context and message of Martin Luther's famous "Ninety-Five Thesis".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Luther's 95 Theses 21 April 2007
By Dr. James A. Glasscock - Published on Amazon.com
I studied the 95 Theses over 50 years ago. Over the last 8 years, I have been with a teaching team in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany, and the Reformation of the 16t Century is a major if not the major focus of the seminary course.

If one wants to "hear" the authentic Luther, inevitably one must read and think and discuss the Theses. There are other treatises of Luther but of seminal value, I give the 95 Theses a prime spot.

James A. Glasscock

B.D., B.D., Th.M., D.Min. Diploma in Jurisprudence and Human Rights [Strasboug]
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're Catholic, get a copy to be educated on Martin Luther vs today's Evangelical Lutheranism 16 July 2014
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Read history...you should know who ASSEMBLED the Bible (The Catholic Church), and who preserved it in an unaltered state for nearly 1000 years before Luther (the Catholic Church). Then there's the fact that all of the Apostles (Paul included), Apostolic Fathers, and Patristics (including Augustine, of whose order Luther was a part) agreed that Apostolic Tradition received through oral tradition of Jesus taught to the Apostles (a very common practice dating back to ancient Judaism) was the authoritative directive of God. Who maintained Apostolic tradition? The Catholic Church. In fact, Paul himself warned those to whom he wrote not to forget the tradition taught them by the Apostles.

Jesus did not promises His followers a book; He promised them the Truth. Yes, there have been issues with people within the Church, but that does not, and has not, changed Church doctrine (again, read history-even when bad clergy were committing sins of adultery-which was certainly not, and IS certainly not, exclusive to them today, the Church's doctrine remained the same-never changing to suit their desires).

This incessant hatred of the Church Christ founded through Peter is unnecessary and unwarranted. Let's examine Luther's own words:

"3. Yet its meaning is not restricted to repentance in one's heart; for such repentance is null unless it produces outward signs in various mortifications of the flesh." This would certainly seem to put a dent in faith alone. He is suggesting WORKS of mortification.

"75. It is foolish to think that papal indulgences have so much power that they can absolve a man even if he has done the impossible and violated the mother of God." Luther respected the Blessed Mother greatly. Modern Protestants should as well... Luke 1: 46 And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name." Sad to see that prophecy ignored these days outside the Catholic Church.
5.0 out of 5 stars Read and understand 23 April 2014
By David Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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You will understand the problem with the philosophy of the Roman church, all Lutherans especially need to understand what Martin Luther went through personally and pubic. The theses speak directly to the problems the church had that required so much of the Christian, but God directs us in the path of forgiveness without works. That is very important to your understanding.
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