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"In a concise, accessible style, Marty outlines Luther's life and times, gauging why this man changed the face of Western Christianity. Marty excels in distilling debates that were matters of life and death 500 years ago, but seem obscure to Christians today. The best brief biography of Luther ever penned,"---Publishers Weekly. 224 pages, softcover. Penguin.
Called ?The most influential interpreter of American religion? by Bill Moyers, renowned historian and Lutheran pastor Martin Marty portrays the religious reformer Martin Luther as a man of conscience and courage who risked death to ignite the historic reformation of the Church. Luther?s arguments, including his ?95 theses,? changed the destiny of Christendom, the shape of Christianity, and gave rise to new freedoms in church and state. Marty explores the records left by Luther of his inner struggles and his conflicts with the Holy Roman Empire to find a man engaged in a lifelong passionate search for not only the grace of God, but also for the assurance that it was directed toward each individual.
Martin Marty, one of todays most respected theologians, is professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, where the Martin Marty Center has been founded to promote public religion endeavors. His more than fifty books include Modern American Religion. He is a winner of the National Book Award and was the first religion scholar to receive the National Humanities Medal.
[A] sterling biography of historys irascible reformer . . . This is the best brief biography of Luther ever penned.
A brief, brilliant biography of the father of Protestantism.
The Baltimore Sun
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