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Martin Luther A Penguin Life

ISBN 0670032727 / 9780670032723 / 0-670-03272-7

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Martin Martyprofessor, author, pastor, historian, and journalistis, in Bill Moyerss words, "the most influential interpreter of American religion." In Martin Luther this man of unswerving faith, rooted in his own Lutheran tradition yet deeply committed to helping enrich a pluralist society, brings to powerful life the devout Reformation figure whose despair for a perilous world, felt anew in our own times, drove him to a ceaseless search for assurance of Gods love. It was one that led him steadily to a fresh interpretation of human interaction with Godas born solely from Gods grace and not the Churchs mediationand to the famous theses he posted at Wittenberg in 1517.

Luthers persistence in this belief, and in his long battle with Church leadersembellished by rich historical backgroundmake Martys biography riveting reading. Luthers obdurate yet receptive stance, so different from the travestied image of "fundamentalism" we currently face, restored the balance between religion and the individual. Martin Luther is at once a fascinating history, a story of immense spiritual passion and amazing grace, and a superb intellectual biography. [via]