Servants of Freedom: Luther on the Christian Life

Thursday, 05 Jul 2007

The church should be the wise tutor who helps you find your way around an unfamiliar book. The advantage the tutor has is that she has been reading the book longer. Familiarity, not a secret decoder ring, is what she has to offer us.
Martin Luther's treatise The Freedom of the Christian is a wonderful starting point for reading the reformer's works. (1) It was written in 1520, three years after the posting of the "95 Theses," and at a time when the differences between Luther's new theology and Roman dogma had clearly become fundamental. Yet while many of Luther's writings at the time were polemical to refute Roman error, this treatise was unique in being the first real positive exposition of the new evangelical theology. It was also unusual ...

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