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THE CHRISTIAN IN SOCIETY I #44 By: Martin Luther In the six documents contained in this volume Luther defends, expounds, and clarifies his views on what the Christian life is at rock bottom. As he treats the problems of marriage and parenthood, works and faith, the responsibilities of Church and State, vows and monasticism, confession and conscience, and the kind of life that is really good, the same fundamental theme emerges: the Christian life is a life of service, love, and involvement, not of isolation and withdrawal. 417 page, hardcover from Fortress Press.
During the interval between the Leipzig Debate in 1519 and the dramatic, decisive Diet of Worms in 1521, Luther faced a wide array of major problems. He was forced to defend the emerging Reformation against its secular and ecclesiastical enemies and to clarify his own position. At the same time he had to address himself to a host of friends, supporters, and sympathizers who were apprehensive about where Luther's theology was leading. It was during this critical period that the writings contained in this volume were written.