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The Protestant Reformation was one of the major turning points in the intellectual social development of Western civilization, and Martin Luther was one of the most influential and fascinating figures in the history of that period. For these reasons, many anthologies of primary source documents have been produced for the study of the early sixteenth century and the life and thought of Luther. That fact remains, however, that anyone seeking to acquire an accurate understanding of the Christian reform movement Luther initiated, an ecclesiastical tradition that has endured down to the present day as Lutheranism, cannot define attention to so narrow a focus.
Some of the most distinctive and durable features of Lutheran thought and practice had not yet been fully worked out by the time of the reformer's death and Luther himself was not the only significant force in the formation of the religious identity of his followers. This book has brought together primary sources from documents from the two and a half centuries of Lutheran history, illustrating how it evolved from its start in the Reformation to the next major period of revolutionary change in Europe, the Enlightement.
A unique resource: from the Reformation to PietismThis unique collection of excerpts from Lutheran historical and theological documents - many translated here for the first time - presents readers with a full picture of how the Lutheran movement developed in its thought and practice. The volume proceeds chronologically from Luther's lifetime to the beginnings of the Enlightenment. Each chapter begins with a summary essay and proceeds thematically.Covering not only theology but also church life, popular piety, and influential historical events, the more than 200 primary documents excerpted here show not only the evolution and development of Lutheran doctrine but also its devotional writings, hymns, liturgical texts, letters and diaries, satire, political documents, woodcuts, and pamphlet literature. Lund's judicious selection, careful translation, and helpful introductions acquaint readers with the turbulence and fervor of this revolutionary Christian movement, its struggles for survival and consolidation, its flowering in the age of orthodoxy and pietism, always with an eye to how it affected and was experienced by ordinary people.