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THE FACTS ABOUT LUTHER examines the life, thought and work of Martin Luther (1483-1546) to correct the misperceptions that many have of him and his work. Msgr. Patrick O'Hare analyzes the available record, written mostly by Protestant writers, developing this masterful, popularly written critique to set the record straight. Because Luther is the "Father of Protestantism," THE FACTS ABOUT LUTHER deserves the serious attention of every believing, Bible-reading person of whatever persuasion.
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Release Date Oct 1, 1994
Publisher TAN Books and Publishers, Inc.
ISBN 0895553228 ISBN13 9780895553225
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More About Patrick F. O'Hare
Msgr. Patrick F. O'Hare, LL.D., was an American priest and author of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His extensive work entitled The Facts about Luther was originally published by the Frederick Pustet Company, Ohio, in 1916. In it, Father O'Hare examines every important aspect of Luther's life and work to make known the truth about the legendary figure, through many of Luther's own words. The book received the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur upon publication, and was retypeset from the revised edition in 1987. The Facts about Luther was retypeset once again by TAN in 2007.
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Luther, the truth behind the myth! Feb 28, 2008
Finally a book that examines and tells the truth about the infamous "father" of modern experimental Christianity. Now you can see the begining of the division inside Christianity. Take the scales off your eyes and read this book.
Wonderful; and Terribly Important! Oct 6, 2007
We have just the good fortune and privilege to finish reading "The Facts About Luther" by Monsignor Patrick O'Hare. And we have been well informed and greatly edified by the experience.
Not long ago, we heard an excellent lecture by Brother Francis Maluf, wherein the learned and saintly monk averred that, had there been no Luther, there would have been no Hitler. We must admit that we did not then comprehend the true meaning of Brother's assertion. But, having finished Monsignor O'Hare's most excellent book on the "reformer", we now understand its intent quite clearly. In the pages of this very important text, Luther is indicted and condemned by his own utterances. Certainly, he was no reformer. What he was, in fact, was the first of many revolutionaries, who have done so much in the past 500 years to undermine Western Civilization. Luther's apostasy set the stage for freemasonry, which led to communism, and finally enabled Zionism. This is particularly stunning when we note the scorn in which the "reformer" held the Jews, as witnessed his horrible tract, "On the Jews and Their Lies".
Toward the end of Monsignor O'Hare's very important and beautifully written work, we are told of an early twentieth century Mormon American politician, who, under attack for his polygamy, invoked the example of Luther's pardon of Phillip of Hesse, and of Luther's general approval of licentiousness and polygamy. And here we have writ clearly for all to see the seeds of our demise as a civilization. When we permit even our leaders such debauchery, what can we expect of the great mass of those less well informed?
In his final chapter, Monsignor O'Hare holds forth as follows:
"The variations of his system of private judgment have left the more active intellect of Protestants everywhere today to question not so much this or that doctrine of Christianity, as the why they are Christians at all. Thus the foundations designed by Dr. Martin Luther for Christianity after four hundred long years of experience have crumbled away almost entirely, and nothing remains for intelligent Protestants but the alternative of either entering the fold of the Catholic Church to remain Christians, or becoming agnostics, which is a mild word for atheists."
Truer words have never been spoken. Monsignor O'Hare's book is wonderfully written and terribly important. One cannot truly understand the modern history of Western Civilization until and unless he has carefully, thoughtfully, and prayerfully read this very important book. God bless.
Luther and the "Reformers" Condemned by their Own Words and Deeds Mar 26, 2006
Father Ohare's THE FACTS ABOUT LUTHER is a succinct account of Luther & co. which undermines the notion that these men were somehow gentle clergymen who were beset by the forces of evil. This disortion is exposed in Father Ohare's book by using the words and deeds of the "Reformers" to condemn their bad writing and thinking.
Father Ohare demonstrates that Luther and other "Reformers" were not careful thinkers. Luther's writing is often emotional and incoherent. Father Ohare uses Luther's writing to expose Luther as a vulgar and often obsene writer who had no sense of manners or decorum. If one talked used Luther's language in polite society or a professional setting, they would be ostrasized or dismissed.
Father Ohare also presents Luther as an intolerant egomaniac who tolerated no dissent from his inconsistent ramblings. Some "historians" have argued that Luther's intolerance came late in his life which, according to the record, is not true. For example, Luther exhorted the North German peasants to launch the Peasants War in 1524 and rebel against all authority. However, once they did, Luther turned on them with fury. Luther played a clever game by doing this because he knew very well that the North German Princes protected him, and any continued support for the Peasants' War would have meant excution. One should note that Luther was still young in 1524.
Father Ohare also cites Luther's unreasoning hatred toward Jews. As early as 1526, Luther wrote diatribes demanding the destruction of synagogues and Jewish literature. Luther also insisted that Jews be expelled from Germany. One should note that Julius Stricher, one of Hitler's supporters, replied that he (Stricher)did not write anything more condemnatory than Luther did. Adolf Hitler cited Luther in 1938 when there were attacks on Jewish homes and businesses.
Another distortion regarding Luther was the false claim that Luther was the first to translated the Bible into German. There are exhibits of German translations of the Bible long before Luther was born. These were done by Catholic monks and were done before the invention of the printing press. This reviewer was challenged by the statement that Luther was the first to translate the Hebrew Bible into German. The fact is that there were such translations which were done as early as the 13th century (the 1200s). This reviewer has seen some of these at exhibits, and to use the expression, "Seeing is believing." One should note that Luther was so arrogant that he wanted to omit the books of James, Hebrews, and Revelation from his translations because they contained views which contradicted his "theology" (what it was at any given moment).
Father Ohare also undermines the "unity" of the Protestent "Reformers." The Protestant "Reformers" hated each other as much if not more than they hated Catholics. In fact, one of the major reasons why these "Reformers" were silenced at the Council(s) of Trent (1543-1565) was due to their petty arguments among each other. To get a taste of Luther's intolereance toward other "Reformers," one should read Luther's rantings against Zwligli (1488-1531) when their conference to unite the Swiss and German "Reformation" movements failed in 1529.
Luther did not start a religious movement as he was swept by the events of political instability in Northern Germany. Luther was surprised at these events which made him a "hero," to many of the North German princes. One should know that "Reformation" theology was actually imposed by secular authories on the Euroepan continent and in Great Britain. The secular authorities knew that they had to impose theology to avoid the dangerous religious squabbles among the "Reformers" which could lead to political distruption and civil war.
Those who express disapproval of Father's book are blaiming the messanger for the message. Father Ohare simply condemns Luther & co. by their own words. It is foolish to blame Father Ohare and other "Reformers" for what they wrote. If Father Ohare's citations and comments anger readers, so be it.
The Book that should be a Pamphlet Feb 12, 2005
All I would contribute to the reviews is that this book was overly filled with MSGR. O'hare's ramblings. I really don't care what the author thinks of Luther. I would have preferred reading a (much) shorter version of this work without the long-winded commentary.
My only other concern is that when O'hare does bother to directly quote Luther, we may be reading something out of context. Yes Luther's words are disturbing. In fact, he reminds me of one Joseph Smith Jr of Mormon fame. But let us read him directly, and in context, rather than be made to suffer through the diatribe of O'hare first.
A Must Read Dec 5, 2004
This book does a great job of exposing Luther for who he really was and not the myth he has come to be in the religious world. He condemns himself with his own words. His blatant anti-semitism was a huge factor in the Holocaust that happened centuries later in Germany, which had become a Lutheran country by then. Luther was no hero, and today's protestants deserve the truth and no less.