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Martin Luther’s Influence on Legal Reforms and Civil Law  

John Witte Jr.

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Mar 2017
The Lutheran Reformation transformed not only theology and the church but law and the state as well. Beginning in the 1520s, Martin Luther joined up with various jurists and political ... More

Martin Luther’s Influence on the Rise of the Natural Sciences  

Duane H. Larson

Were Luther to have lived another two decades, he might have been surprised even so early on to be informed that he positively influenced the rise of natural science. One can readily cite ... More

Martin Luther’s Life, 1483–1516  

Volker Leppin

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Jul 2016
Luther in his early years came of age in a late medieval setting from which he was not prone to depart during these years. His father, Hans, strongly impressed upon his son a ... More

Martin Luther's Life, 1517-1525  

Christopher Boyd Brown

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Mar 2017
The years 1517–1525 were the most tumultuous of Luther’s career. They saw his emergence from obscurity to become a figure of international controversy and national renown as the ... More

Martin Luther’s Life, 1526–1546  

Mickey L. Mattox

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Mar 2017
Luther’s life in the years after 1525 was relatively placid in comparison to the turbulence he experienced between the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses and his marriage to Katharina von ... More

Martin Luther’s Pastoral Writings  

Ronald K. Rittgers

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Mar 2017
Luther was first and foremost a pastor who was deeply concerned with the care of souls. While the study of his controversial writings provides important insight into various aspects of his ... More

Martin Luther’s Perspective on Political Life  

Ralph Keen

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Mar 2017
Luther’s position on the duties of rulers to preserve social order and on the obligation of subjects to obey them for the sake of civil tranquility is scripturally grounded, principally in ... More

Martin Luther's Practice of Old Testament Commentary  

John A. Maxfield

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Mar 2017
Scholarly analysis of biblical interpretation and commentary in the history of Christianity has become an important subfield in history as well as biblical studies and theology. From the ... More

Martin Luther’s Protestant Opponents  

William R. Russell

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Mar 2017
A variety of dissident movements within the church appeared and disappeared throughout the medieval period. Each sought to reform the church along various millenarian, moralistic, ... More

Martin Luther’s Reformatory Discovery  

Dietrich Korsch

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Mar 2017
In the debate on Luther’s Reformatory Discovery two elements come together: the systematic question of how to determine the essential content of reformatory theology, that is, the core of ... More

Martin Luther’s Reform of Worship  

Dirk G. Lange

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Mar 2017
Martin Luther’s reform of worship centers on gospel proclamation in its various manifestations. Gospel-centered worship necessarily de-centers the individual in his or her own quest for ... More

Martin Luther’s Sacramental Theology  

Gordon A. Jensen

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Dec 2016
Martin Luther’s emphasis on the sacraments as a visible, tactile means by which the justifying action of God is conveyed to the believer brings the pastoral heart of the Reformation into ... More

Martin Luther’s Sermons and Postils  

John M. Frymire

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Mar 2017
For Martin Luther the sermon was not simply an exercise in which a preacher expounded on the biblical text, taught moral lessons, and reprimanded listeners for their shortcomings. The ... More

Martin Luther’s Teaching and Practice of Charity and Social Ethics  

Samuel Torvend

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Mar 2017
Luther not only wrote about charity and social ethics throughout much of his life; he also experienced the conditions that were the object of Christian generosity and ethical reflection. ... More

Martin Luther’s Teaching on Sin  

L'ubomír Batka

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Dec 2016
Martin Luther did not write a specific treatise solely on sin. Nevertheless, the topic of sin is important to him. There are very few treatises where the topic of sin does not appear, as ... More

Martin Luther’s Theological Aesthetics  

Mark Mattes

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Nov 2016
Theological aesthetics is the theory or view of beauty in relation to God, including how the senses bear on or contribute to matters of faith. It has a long and important tradition in all ... More

Martin Luther’s Theology of Authority  

Martin J. Lohrmann

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Mar 2017
Martin Luther’s reforms involved complicated questions of authority. On one hand, Luther defied the greatest authority figures of his day: the papacy and the Holy Roman Empire; on the ... More

Martin Luther’s Theology of the Lord’s Supper  

R. David Nelson

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Mar 2017
The central act of Christian worship is a mystery embodied in a meal. From its earliest expressions, Christianity has practiced the celebration of the Eucharist (lit. “thanksgiving,” from ... More

Martin Luther’s Treatises and Essays  

Mark D. Tranvik

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Mar 2017
The treatise or essay has played a key role in the transmission of ideas in the Western intellectual tradition and the Church in particular. Generally shorter than a book or monograph, the ... More

Martin Luther’s Trinitarian Hermeneutic of Freedom  

Piotr J. Małysz

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Mar 2017
Luther puts forth a Trinitarian hermeneutic of human willing and the will’s freedom. Luther’s thought in this area is best seen as a response to a problem that medieval theology inherited ... More

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