Category Archives: Luther

Who is A Theologian?

“Anybody who wishes to be a theologian must have a mastery of the Scriptures, so that he may have an explanation for whatever can be alleged against any passage.”  –  Martin Luther If someone has no skill in accurate exegesis … Continue reading

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Martin Luther on Death and Dying

Here’s an interesting essay you will enjoy very much. In the late 15th century, when Martin Luther was born and grew up, death was very much present. Family, friends, and neighbors seldom reached what we today would consider a middle … Continue reading

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And You Can Believe Him, Because No One Knows Drunkenness Better Than Luther…

“Human nature is like a drunk peasant. Lift him into the saddle on one side, over he topples on the other side.”—Martin Luther. Give this week’s RefoThursday a read.

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Recent anthropological, linguistic, and philosophical studies have significantly increased our understanding of the gift and related phenomena, such as hospitality and charity. While their results can only very carefully be applied to historical theological sources, they do resemble classical discussions … Continue reading

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Martin Luther: Rebel in an Age of Upheaval

No other German has shaped the history of early-modern Europe more than Martin Luther. In this comprehensive and balanced biography we see Luther as a rebel, but not as a lone hero; as a soldier in a mighty struggle for … Continue reading

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Rise Up, Bull in the Vineyard!

From our Saxon friends- 1520: On June 15, Leo X. issued the bull Exsurge Domine (“Arise O Lord”), which charged that 41 sentences in Luther’s various writings were “heretical, scandalous, offensive to pious ears,” though it did not specify which … Continue reading

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther

This encyclopedia is a collaboration of the leading scholars in the field of Reformation research and the thought, life, and legacy of influence – for good and for ill – of Martin Luther. In 2017 the world marks 500 years … Continue reading

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Luther For Today

Then Ignatius [Perknowsky] inquired, “Dear Doctor, is fornication also a sin if I don’t take another man’s wife but an unattached wench, as long as I am myself free too?” The doctor [Martin Luther] replied by citing Paul, “Neither the … Continue reading

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Luther’s Fun Advice When Philip of Hesse Married His Second Wife and Became a Bigamist

Luther remarked “Just be calm! It will blow over. Perhaps she will soon die.” She was 19…

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The Facsimile Edition of Luther’s 1522 Septembertestament

Is beautiful. And a very cool addition to my Luther Bible collection.

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Luther’s Very Bad Advice for those Suffering Depression

Luther remarked “Having been taught by experience I can say how you ought to restore your spirit when you suffer from spiritual depression. When you are assailed by gloom, despair, or a troubled conscience you should eat, drink, and talk … Continue reading

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Parenting Advice From Luther

“One should not whip children too hard. My father once whipped me so severely that I fled from him and it was difficult for him to win me back again to himself. I would not willingly strike little Hans much, … Continue reading

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Zwingli Reviews Luther’s Book on the Lord’s Supper

“In his book he [Luther] slays, uncautious man that he is, divine and human wisdom which it would have been easy to revive among the devout. Since the heretics, that is his followers, are with the impious themselves so deaf … Continue reading

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Luther and Calvinism

This new work was unveiled at the Refo500 Conference in Wittenberg some weeks back. In this volume renowned authors in the disciplines of Reformed theology and scientific Luther-research document the international scientific research on the reception of Martin Luther in Calvinism. … Continue reading

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When Luther Was Wished Another 40 Years of Life…

In 1539, he replied “God forbid! Even if God were to offer me paradise in order that I might last forty more years in this life, I wouldn’t want it. I’d rather hire a hangman to knock my head off. … Continue reading

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Tracking Down a Facsimile of Luther’s 1522 September Testament

And one has been discovered, and ordered, here.  When it arrives I’ll have in my collection Luther’s 1534 2 volume edition, the 1541 edition, and the earliest, the 1522 New Testament translated at the Wartburg.  Hooray.

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Adolf von Harnack Explains Luther’s Disdain for Invented Theological Terminology

Luther has indicated with sufficient distinctness that he merely conceded to his theological opponents theological terminology, and made use of it himself merely on account of traditional familiarity with it, and because the employment of incorrect words was not necessarily … Continue reading

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Oh Martin, Your Amusing Hubris…

„Das ist mein Glaube, denn also glauben alle rechten Christen“ – Martin Luther Prat.

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Quote of the Day

The doctor took his son on his lap, and the child befouled him. Thereupon he [Martin Luther] said, “How our Lord God has to put up with many a murmur and stink from us, worse than a mother must endure … Continue reading

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Luther: Get The Right Sort of Woman…

Nowadays … people strive for and seek to get almost nothing but riches. But Holy Scripture describes Isaac’s bride in this manner, that she was a beautiful virgin, chaste and modest, endowed with good manners, intelligent, sensible, and obedient to … Continue reading

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