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on May 1, 2013
In 'A Treatise Concerning the Blessed Sacrament & Concerning the Brotherhoods' written in 1519 Luther (without specifically developing an in-depth study of the mass) articulates his early understanding of the Lord's Supper and his disapproval of the immoral lifestyle of those involved in the Brotherhoods of that time in history.
In 'A Treatise Concerning the Ban' written in 1520 Luther reviews the policy regarding the excommunication of someone from participation in the external membership of the Church.
In 'An Open Letter to the Christian Nobility' written in 1520 Luther defines three walls which the Romanists build about themselves behind which they resist any reformation: The Spiritual Estate above the Temporal, The Pope the Interpreter of Scripture--Papal Infallibility, and Pope and Council. He also refers to the Matters to be Considered in the Councils, and closes the treatise with Twenty-seven Articles Respecting the Reformation of the Christian Estate.
In 'The Babylonian Captivity of the Church' written in 1520 Luther addresses issues concerning the Lord's Supper, the Sacrament of Baptism, the Sacrament of Penance, Conformation, Matrimony, Orders, and the Sacrament of Extreme Unction.
In an Introduction to 'A Treatise on Christian Liberty' W. A. Lambert notes that "Protestants consider this book 'perhaps the most beautiful of Luther's writings, the result of religious contemplation rather than of theological labor.'"
In 'A Brief Explanation of the Ten Commandments, Creed, Lord's Prayer' written in 1520 Luther comments on each of the three topics mentioned in the title of the treatise. Unfortunately, (as was in Volume One, previously reviewed) the numbering order and text in which the Ten Commandments are presented in this entire e-book is not the orthodox Christian understanding. This makes it difficult for a Christian to keep in mind the erroneous connection between a certain command text and the number assigned to it.
In an Introduction to 'The Eight Wittenberg Sermons' W. A. Lambert warns that "In reading the treatise, therefore, it will be well to consider when it was written and for whom; and not to think of it as a final statement of Luther's view on the authority of the Scriptures."
After Luther in 1522 propounded 'That Doctrines of Men Are to be Rejected' he replied to texts quoted in defense of the doctrines of men: both of which documents are included in this e-book.
Given the fact that this e-book is free, it is worth obtaining and reading.