In Oberman's startling portrait of Martin Luther, we meet an obstinate monk of volcanic temperament, for whom Christ and the Devil were equally real. "Luther proclaimed the Last Days, not the modern age," asserts this University of Arizona history professor. The rebellious monk, we learn, called himself doctor, preacher, or professor, but never "reformer," and never spoke of his movement as the "Reformation." His achievement lay in "horizontalizing" Christian ethics by proclaiming that good works are crucial for survival in a threatened world. This weighty study gives full attention to aspects of Luther's career that other biographers have sought to minimize, such as his savage attacks on Jews and his scatological invective against the Devil. Oberman brings us closer to the real Luther. Illustrated.
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Oberman believes that we can best understand Martin Luther as a man of the Middle Ages who believed that he was literally involved in a mortal struggle with the devil incarnate and that the pope was the Antichrist of the Last Days. The original German edition of this brilliant, sympathetic psychobiography of the father of the Reformation won the Historischer Sachbuchpreis, a special prize given the outstanding historical work of the decade 1975-85. Walliser-Schwarzbart's English translation is smooth and unobtrusive, and the illustrations supplement the text admirably. Highly recommended for readers willing to meet Oberman's intellectual and theological challenges.
- Richard S. Watts, San Bernardino Cty. Lib., Cal.
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Delves into what went on in the mind of a man born in an age which stifled each man's search for meaning, and how he was able to move beyond his culture and relate to God through... Read morePublished 5 months ago by scott brissey
Having had a chance to peruse many of the other reviews here, and now having read a good chunk of the book myself, I think that what many of the others are unwilling to say--but... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jason Goetz
A lot of praise has been showered on this book, but apart from the fact that it is obviously the result of many years of study, it is very confusing to read: everything is more or... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by toronto
Insightful and well written book that is worth reading. Prof. Heiko Oberman seldom disappoints. Highly recommend for those interested in Luther and the reformations.Published on January 5, 2013 by Terry Kee
Bought for a Christmas gift. happy to receive it. Insight into Martin Luther and his struggles with the Catholic church.Published on December 20, 2012 by LeslieAnn
If you know relatively little about Luther and want to learn more: this is probably not the right book. Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Sitting in Seattle
While much of the book is admirable and not, as the other reviewers in this category have stated, verbose or overly academic, it is the author's swinging between documentation and... Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Michael Brown