Martin Luther by Martin E. Marty
A Life (Penguin Lives)

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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.


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Martin Marty, one of today’s 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.
Published August 26, 2008 by Penguin Books. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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He concludes that Luther was "a man of conservative outlook in respect to much church life, but also a person of radical expression who took extreme positions."

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