MARTIN LUTHER by Harry Emerson Fosdick


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Brief and clear, this account of Martin Luther and his influence on the religious pattern of the western world bears all the carmarks of Dr. Fosdick's ample knowledge of the subject. It is a relief not to have the text in narrative, and a feeling for personality is definitely created through a fine ability to relate what Luther's inner motives must have been during the various phases of his career. As boy, university student, monk and a rising young preacher-professor, Luther feared God to the very depths of his being. Yet the turning point inevitably came through his inquiring Bible study and the points he found that could not be reconciled with the fearful and extortionary practices of the Roman Catholic church. Then came Tetzel and the 95 theses and the rest is history. One could have wished for wider comment on Protestant practices as they developed from the teachings of Luther and his contemporaries, but Luther's role in the early Reformation is more than adequately outlined.

Publisher: Random House