The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, 1520: The Annotated Luther, Study Edition
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In his The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, Martin Luther set forth a reconsideration of the sacramental Christian life that centered on the word. His thesis is that the papacy had distorted the sacraments with its own traditions and regulations, transforming them into a system of control and coercion. The evangelical liberty of the sacramental promises had been replaced by a papal absolutism which, like a feudal lordship, claimed its own jurisdictional liberties and privileges over the totality of Christian life through a sacramental system that spanned birth to death. Yet Luther does not replace one tyranny for another; his argument for a return to the biblical understanding of the sacraments is moderated by a consideration of traditions and external practices in relation to their effects on the individual conscience and faith.

This volume is excerpted from The Annotated Luther series, Volume 3. Each volume in the series contains new introductions, annotations, illustrations, and notes to help shed light on Luther's context and interpret his writings for today. The translations of Luther's writings include updates of Luther's Works, American Edition, or entirely new translations of Luther's German or Latin writings.

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Title: The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, 1520: The Annotated Luther, Study Edition
By: Martin Luther
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 146
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.25 X 7.50 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 1506413471
ISBN-13: 9781506413471
Series: Annotated Luther
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In his The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, Martin Luther set forth a reconsideration of the sacramental Christian life that centered on the word. His thesis is that the papacy had distorted the sacraments with its own traditions and regulations, transforming them into a system of control and coercion. The evangelical liberty of the sacramental promises had been replaced by a papal absolutism which, like a feudal lordship, claimed its own jurisdictional liberties and privileges over the totality of Christian life through a sacramental system that spanned birth to death. Yet Luther does not replace one tyranny for another; his argument for a return to the biblical understanding of the sacraments is moderated by a consideration of traditions and external practices in relation to their effects on the individual conscience and faith.

This volume is excerpted from The Annotated Luther series, Volume 3. Each volume in the series contains new introductions, annotations, illustrations, and notes to help shed light on Luthers context and interpret his writings for today. The translations of Luthers writings include updates of Luthers Works, American Edition, or entirely new translations of Luthers German or Latin writings.

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Erik H. Herrmann is associate professor of historical theology and director of the Center for Reformation Research at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.

Paul W. Robinson is professor of historical theology and dean of the faculty at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He teaches medieval and Reformation history. His publications include Martin Luther: A Life Reformed (2010) and "Sermons on the Lord"s Prayer and the Rogation Days in the Later Middle Ages"; in A History of Prayer (2008).

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