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Product Details

  • Paperback: 393 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895553228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895553225
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Take the scales off your eyes and read this book.
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Mr. Super Pope sucessor to Super Pope Martin Luther I. Thanks-be-to-God, Jeff Chen.
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69 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Kevin G. Whitty on February 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
You need not listen too much to protestant historians or Catholic ones to learn the truth about Martin Luther - you can read Martin Luther's own words. This is what the author does - he cites the very words of the man whom protestants have come to love and admire.
When he is not quoting Luther, he is much more often than not quoting Luther's closest associates, followers, and even protestant historians. I really get the impression that the vast majority of protestants - including present-day Lutherans - do not really know much about Martin Luther.
And so, for the Catholic, it will show you the novel beliefs of this very rebellious man. The author even goes to great length to present the Catholic response to these teachings, and in very readable language.
For the protestant, this book will make you think; it will present to you teachings of Luther in Luther's own words - teachings that you will have to answer for, since you hold this man in such high esteem. You will have to answer for why this man held morality in such low esteem, why this man instructed followers to not even try to "be perfect, as our Father in heaven is perfect", why and on whose authority this man abridged the Bible, why this man hated chastity and approved of divorce, bigamy, and polygamy, and a host of other teachings.
I find most interesting that Martin Luther was unable to even have a civil conversation with a person who disagreed with him, resorting to personal insults, "ad hominem" attacks, and obscenity as a matter of course. These things impede real dialogue between Catholics and protestants even today. You don't think so? Well then, I direct your attention to some of the reviewers who bombed this book. Their tactics speak for my truth;
How about John L. Hoh's (WELS) review on 2/6/2001.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 1998
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You can't possibly put this informative research book down once you've decided to pick it up. A truly,mind-boggling and 'revolutionary' view of the so-called "reformer" who has been extolled by his revisionist modern-day writers and worshippers that they have failed to see the unfarnished Truth about the man who turned his revolt of the Roman Catholic Church into the chaos and fragmentation of the seamless garment of Christ, laying the foundations to the tearing Christianity (disregarding JN.17) into countless bickering sects that we have today. A truly sad event of Church history that has spawned nothing less than biogotry,violence in all forms,and misinformation right down through today in the fragmented world of Bible-thumping 'christianity'. The romantacized Luther being propagated today is but a far cry to the real Martin Luther of the 'reformation'. His work(s) like "The Jews and Their Lies" have been used by the Hitler himself to justify his/their extermination of the Jews in the Holocaust! No honest researcher can deny this! Read the facts for yourself with and open-mind! Can Martin Luther rightly be called a "religious reformer"??? I truly DOUBT SO! But,don't just take my word for it,read "THE FACTS ABOUT LUTHER" yourself!
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38 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Brad Shorr on January 28, 2004
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Msgr. O'Hare prefaces his well-researched and heavily quoted study of Luther by saying excessive language and emotion on all sides have degraded and clouded the whole Luther controversy. To clear the air, O'Hare proposes to damn Luther with his own words, and set the editorializing aside. O'Hare patiently explains that the testimony of Luther himself, along with that of his collaborators and subsequent Protestant authorities, will speak for itself. But then directly on the heels of this modest disclaimer, he proceeds to unleash a merciless and caustic invective against Luther that lets up for nary a page throughout the remainder of the 350-page text. Certainly, the Father's strident tone arises partly from his belief in the absolute authority of the Catholic Church, and partly as a response to the even more venomous (yet far less reasoned) tongue of his subject. Style issues aside, the book indeed presents a damning portrait of the Reformer: Luther's own words indeed betray his irrational, dismal and inconsistent theology, his vindictive and monstrously self-sufficient nature, his almost insanely personal, vituperative and frequently scatological method of argument.
Between citations and diatribes, O'Hare manages to provide quite lucid explanations of the very complex concepts of Indulgences and Justification-concepts mangled by Luther to appeal to the basest instincts of his fledgling flock. Thanks in no small measure to him, multitudes to this day deplore the Mother Church based on a completely erroneous understanding of Indulgences and Justification.
O'Hare convincingly demonstrates that far from introducing the Bible to the German masses, Luther merely eviscerated extant German translations in order to make it conform to his heretical theology.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By James E. Egolf VINE VOICE on March 26, 2006
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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.
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