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Martin Luther (1483–1546) was a German priest and professor of theology who initiated the Protestant Reformation. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment of sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the emperor. Luther taught that salvation is not earned by good deeds but received only as a free gift of God's grace through faith in Jesus as redeemer from sin. His theology challenged the authority of the pope of the Roman Catholic Church by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. Those who identify with Luther's teachings are called Lutherans. His translation of the Bible into the language of the people (instead of Latin) made it more accessible, causing a tremendous impact on the church and on German culture. It fostered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation, and influenced the translation into English of the King James Bible. His hymns influenced the development of singing in churches. His marriage to Katharina von Bora set a model for the practice of clerical marriage, allowing Protestant priests to marry. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Martin Luther died on the 18th of February, 1546, and the first publication of his "Table Talk"-Tischreden-by his friend, Johann Goldschmid (Aurifaber), was in 1566, in a substantial folio. Read the first page
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Luther letting his hair down 20 April 2011
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Do you ever wonder what Luther thought in casual conversation? I did, until I starting reading Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther. I feel like I am just sitting across the table with him and he is totally dipping his chips in my salsa!
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a must have 2 Nov. 2012
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This little gem is a must have for any Lutheran or anyone interested in the reformation. Can't say enough about this book. Ya gotta have it, and of course, read it. Buy two, and give the other to a friend or relative.
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genev 14 Sept. 2013
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Quotes from this entry include:

"That the Bible is the Word of God, said Luther, the same I prove as followeth. All things that have been and now are in the world, also how it now goeth and standeth in the world, the same was written altogether particularly at the beginning, in the First Book of Moses concerning the Creation. And even as God made and created it, even so it was even so it is, and even so doth it stand to this present day."

"The chief lesson and study in Divinity, said Luther, is well and rightly to learn to know Christ, for he is therein very friendly and familiarly pictured unto us."

"When one asked where God was before Heaven was created, St. Austin made answer thereunto and said, He was in himself. And another, said Luther, asked me the same question, I said, He was building Hell for such idle, presumptuous, fluttering spirits and inquisitors."

"The world grows worse through the doctrine of God's Grace and preaching of the Gospel; for when they hear that after this life there is another, they are well enough content with this life, and that God should keep the other to himself; if they may have here but only good days, honour, and wealth, that is all they care for or desire."

"Christ did many things which we neither may nor can do after him. He went upon the water, he fasted forty days and forty nights, he raised Lazarus from death after he had lain four days in the grave, etc. Such and the like must we leave undone. Much less will Christ have that we by force should set against the enemies of the truth, but he commanded the contrary, 'Love your enemies, pray for them that vex and persecute you,' etc."

"I will not lie nor dissemble before my God, but will freely confess I am not able to effect that good which I do intend, but must expect the happy hour when God shall be pleased to meet me with his grace."

"No human creature can believe, said Luther, how powerful prayer is, and what is it able to effect, but only those that have learned it by experience."

"The Pope is a mere tormentor of the conscience. The assembly of his greased and religious crew in praying was altogether like the croaking of frogs, which edified nothing at all. It was mere sophistry, and deceiving, fruitless, and unprofitable. Prayer is a strong wall, and a fort of the church; it is a godly Christian's weapon, which no man knoweth nor findeth, but only he who hath the spirit of grace and of prayer."

"The prayers of upright Christians are without ceasing; though they pray not always with their mouth, yet their hearts do pray continually, sleeping and waking; for the sigh of a true Christian is a prayer."

"Christ requireth nothing more of us, than that we should confess him, and speak freely and undauntedly of him....There is no lighter more easy work on earth than the upright and true service of God, to do what God commandeth in his Word, we should only believe and speak, but then certain it is that we shall suffer and be humbled with persecutions; but Christ hath promised to be with us, and to help us."
Luther still speaks plain truths 1 May 2014
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These selections give us a great feel for the humble obstinacy and grace-full intellect of this man, who single-handedly persuaded the worldly powerful to begin to overturn the money-changing tables of the Romish church. A fascinating glimpse of the style of discussion and intrigues of his opponents as well as many clear and simple statements of his own untroubled faith.
Excellent Introduction To Luther 26 April 2013
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This is a very valuable introduction to the theology of Martin Luther. This little book begins with a brief and interesting history of how this particular translation came into English. Because this is the Table Talk, it doesn't get bogged down in deep theological discussions but yet in clear, concise, and generally brief snippets it gives insight into Luther's profound theological insights, with Luther sometimes using colorful examples to make his point. It will certainly whet ones appetite to read more of Luther. If someone wants a introduction to Luther, this is a good book to start with--and certainly the price is right.
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