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Overview An introductory guide to the life and works of reformer Martin Luther. His major works are introduced and summarized. Also discussed are his pastoral writings. Protestants of all stripes have long read at least a few of Martin Luther's works, but 21stcentury readers need guidance and encouragement. Stephen Nichols's Martin Luther provides both. After an exciting overview of Luther's life and theology, Nichols orients the reader to some of the Reformer's major works: The Bondage of the Will, The Three Treatises, The Small Catechism, and On the Councils and the Church. Luther's ethical writings, "table talk," hymns, and sermons also receive due attention. "A Select Guide to Books by and about Luther" concludes this volume, which displays more than 20 illustrations.
Publishers Description Protestants of all stripes have long read at least a few of Martin Luther's works, but 21st-century readers need guidance and encouragement. Stephen Nichols's Martin Luther provides both. After an exciting overview of Luther's life and theology, Nichols orients the reader to some of the Reformer's major works: The Bondage of the Will, The Three Treatises, The Small Catechism, and On the Councils and the Church. Luther's ethical writings, "table talk, " hymns, and sermons also receive due attention. "A Select Guide to Books by and about Luther" concludes this volume, which displays more than 20 illustrations.
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Studio: P & R Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.63 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2002
Publisher P & R Publishing
Series Guided Tour
ISBN 0875525563 ISBN13 9780875525563
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More About Stephen J. Nichols
Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) serves as the president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries. He is an editor of the Theologians on the Christian Life series and also hosts the weekly podcast 5 Minutes in Church History.
Eric T. Brandt (MA, Wheaton College) is an instructional designer and adjunct professor of church history at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida. Eric and his wife, Megan, live in Lake Mary, Florida.
Stephen J. Nichols currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania. Stephen J. Nichols was born in 1970.
Reviews - What do customers think about Martin Luther: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought?
Edifying guided tour of a man, a reformation, a theology, a great work of God May 18, 2008
Nichols does what he says on the tin, and more. This isn't just a guided tour of Luther's life and thought, but of the way that Jesus worked through the arch-Reformer to shape Europe and the rest of the world afresh with the gospel, the circumstances of the Reformation, and his private and public relationships.
Edifying all the way through you'll see why the Reformation was (and remains) vitally necessary (whatever many who should know better are saying these days) of who some of the key players were whom Luther worked with, including our debt to Erasmus and also why Luther rightly parted company from him.
Personally I found the insight into Luther's home the most stimulating part of the book. His wife soon learned that if she wanted to keep hold of something, she had to hide it, as Martin had such a developed sense of hospitality and generosity that he was forever giving gifts to the countless folks to whom he opened his home. There are touching descriptions of his "table talk" where he would be waxing lyrical about vital matters of the Kingdom of Christ but would never be too busy or proud to leave the table and play with his baby son, for example.
Excellent read and scholarship Oct 10, 2007
Nichols uses sound scholarship to make an easily accessible book that is an easy read in providing some of Luther's basics.
4 stars, but we need balance Sep 20, 2007
First of all, please see my rebuttal to the awful one star reveiw in close proximity to mine.
And on to my reveiw... Though this is certainly not the best work on Luther, I would venture to say that it is the best popular introduction. The book is layed out nicely. It reads quickly. Covers all of Luther's major epochs and works in a compact fashion. Having read the book, the average high schooler will have a reasonable amount of knowledge about Luther and a desire to learn more. My only complaint is that it would have been nice to have more than two chapters of biography at the front end. Nichol's is a good scholar and is doing a service to the church by writing history in a way that is easy for the layman to digest and enjoy. If you are mildly interested in understanding Luther, I would get this book, a good biography (Bainton or Kittelson), and Martin Luther's Basic Theological Writings edited by Lull. Nichol's also has great suggested reading sections and a good bibliography for further study.
Disinformation on Martin Luther Sep 8, 2007
This is the worst book I have ever read on the topic of Martin Luther by a person claiming to be Reformed.
The book is littered with historical and theological mistakes from start to finish.
Nichols asserts that Luther himself wrote "Table Talk" in one part of the book. Nichols writes, "Luther, in one of his table talk entries..." page 162. Any novice of church history knows that Luther did not author "Table Talk." This is poor scholarship.
Another mistake is seen when Nichols asserts that the 5-Solas are Protestant presuppositions. This is the type of mistake we expect someone from a completely different religion to make, not one who is supposed to be Calvinistic. Nichols writes, "Perhaps more than any other person, Luther shaped the presuppositions that define Protestantism. Theologians use a series of Latin expressions to capture these concepts. Known as the "Reformation Solas," they include: sola Scriptura, Scripture Alone; sola fide, faith alone; sola gratia, grace alone; solus Christus, Christ alone; and soli Deo gloria, to the glory of God alone. These ideas all take root in Martin Luther's thinking" page 16.
Sola Scriptura is the Axiom of Christianity. It is the belief that the Bible alone is the word of God. It is the only "Sola" that is presupposed. The other 4 are either explicitly stated or logically deduced from the Bible alone. Nichols is therefore wrong. For Nichols to make the absurd claim that all of the "Solas" are presupposed by Protestants is to completely misrepresent Protestant theology. Furthermore, the "Solas" do not take their root in Martin Luther's thinking. Luther merely rediscovered these principles and published them openly. He did not come up with them. John Wycliffe and John Huss, for example, each asserted the Protestant principle of Scripture Alone. Both were persecuted for their profession, and Huss even died the martyr's death for it.
These are two mistakes I came across in my reading of this book. There are many more.