Faith in Luther: Martin Luther and the Origin of Anthropocentric Religion Hardcover – June 21, 2017
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"Having grown up as a Lutheran who studied and taught Lutheran theology (and Luther's own theology), I am deeply familiar with the theology as well as the psychology of Luther's notion of reflexive faith. I am not aware of a more penetrating and exacting analysis of what Paul Hacker takes to be the heart of Luther's Reformation theology." —Reinhard Hütter, The Catholic University of America
"Paul Hacker was a scholar's scholar—fluent in eighteen languages and one of Germany's great academic luminaries in the twentieth century. In Faith in Luther he develops a critical insight into Luther's strikingly new concept of faith, which practically redefined our understanding of faith and subjectivity in the West. Essential reading for theologians, ecumenists, and historians of religion." —Scott Hahn, Franciscan University of Steubenville--Endorsements
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Born one year before the outbreak of World War I, Paul Hacker (1913—1978) studied in the tumultuous period of German history between the two World Wars at the Universities of Bonn, Heidelberg, Frankfurt, and Berlin. Hacker's academic focus was linguistics and philology: he studied Slavic languages, Indology, comparative linguistics, English, and French. Considered the most influential German Indologist of his generation, Hacker taught at both the University of Bonn and the University of Münster. In 1962, he converted from Lutheranism to enter the Catholic Church.
- Publisher : Emmaus Academic (June 21, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1945125454
- ISBN-13 : 978-1945125454
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,673,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hacker was a fascinating figure in his own right. A practicing Lutheran, he became a Catholic in the 1960s, and this spurred him to write his book on Luther. Interestingly enough, Hacker was not a theologian, but an Indologist, an expert in Sanskrit and ancient Indian literature, which makes me wonder what he brought from his own expertise to this book, if anything. But what makes his book so interesting to me is his obviously intimate knowledge of Luther's strictly religious writings--his sermons, catechisms, and text written for his flock. My own reading of Luther has consisted mostly of his polemical works, and much of the evidence Hacker marshals to support his case matches up with what I have read of Luther's oeuvre. Highly recommended.