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Lecture 1: Introduction

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The joy and promise of reading Luther. Luther has keen theological insights and expresses them using wit and lively word pictures. Luther's innovative thoughts are a result, not only of profound wrestling with theological ideas, but with Scripture itself. Luther uses polemic language, which was common in his time.


The Essential Luther


I. Introduction

A. Luther (1483-1546) was known as the father of the Reformation

B. There is joy and promise in reading Luther


II. Quotations on Luther

A. Karl Barth

B. Roland H. Bainton

C. Joseph Lords


III. Quotations by Luther

A. On the Bible

B. On Humility

C. On Marriage and Family

D. On Preaching

E. On Human Nature

F. On Music

G. On Christian Freedom

H. On Prayer

I. On Himself


IV. Luther's Impact

A. On Language

B. On Theology

C. On German Culture


V. Difficulties in Reading Luther

A. Polemic Language

1. Seems Harsh to our PC mindset

2. Style of the Time

B. Statements against the Jews

1. Remember the Historical Context

2. Not Racial in Nature

3. Different Than Nazi Prejudice

C. Medieval Nature of the Language


VI. Why Read Luther (needs of the modern reader)

A. View of Ecclesia / Church

B. View of Human Sin

C. Objectivity of Salvation

D. Voice of Luther

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