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Here I Stand: Martin Luther
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(Feb 28, 2005)
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It is claimed that there have been more books written about Martin Luther than anyone else other than Jesus Christ. In those lists pundits compile about who were the most influential in shaping our modern world, the name Martin Luther inevitably shows up near the top, usually in the top ten. He is one of those few who can be proclaimed indisputably a "hinge of history."
Yet Luther never wanted to be a renowned world shaper. He was more concerned to save his own soul and entered a monastery to get away from the world and seek his own salvation. But in finding his salvation, he rediscovered foundations of Biblical Christianity that shook the late Medieval world and challenged its assumptions about religious authority, what God was like, how we are to approach him, and how God saves us.
T.N. Mohan, producer and director of the award-winning documentary on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Hanged on a Twisted Cross, returns to Germany to tell the story of its most famous son, interpreted from an overtly Protestant perspective. In this two-hour special, we come to understand Luther, what motivated him, the turning points in his life, the issues he confronted, the opposition that sought to defeat him, and the profound changes brought about under his leadership and ministry.
PART 1: Luthers Life (70 minutes)
PART 2: Luthers Legacy (60 minutes)
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The significant advantage of this DVD over the flashy and popular LUTHER is that it actually addresses Luther's theological significance, particularly his apprehension and dissemination of two biblical truths: (1) that salvation is by faith not good works (sola fide), and (2) that the ultimate spiritual authority is the Bible not the insitutional Church (sola scriptura). Also, the DVD shows Luther's emphasis on biblical authority not as original to him, but in the context of other reformers such as Wycliffe and Hus, which is helpful since there is a tendency of some today to overestimate Luther to the exclusion of others.
In addition to greater theological and contextual transparency, HERE I STAND is also more honest when it comes to portraying Luther's character, particularly his "rough, stormy, altogether warlike" temperament, in contrast to LUTHER, which presents a Luther who is bold, but only in a principled, noble way, which is far from the whole picture. This movie quotes Luther exhorting the princes to "knock down, strangle and stab" revolting peasants, and recognizes Luther's role in the 100,000 peasant deaths, some of which were tortured.Read more ›
To make this awful production complete the voice they use for Luther is ridiculous. He sounds like he's doing a voice over for a B movie trailer.
Don't make the mistake I did.
Don't buy this DVD.
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This was surprisingly well done, in a good way. It really filled in some gaps in my understanding of the history of Luther himself.Published on May 19, 2014 by J. Westlund
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