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The Making of Martin Luther - Richard Rex

The Making of Martin Luther

Hardcover Published: 10th October 2017
ISBN: 9780691155159
Number Of Pages: 296

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A major new account of the most intensely creative years of Luther's career The Making of Martin Luther takes a provocative look at the intellectual emergence of one of the most original and influential minds of the sixteenth century. Richard Rex traces how, in a concentrated burst of creative energy in the few years surrounding his excommunication by Pope Leo X in 1521, this lecturer at an obscure German university developed a startling new interpretation of the Christian faith that brought to an end the dominance of the Catholic Church in Europe. Luther's personal psychology and cultural context played their parts in the whirlwind of change he unleashed. But for the man himself, it was always about the ideas, the truth, and the Gospel. Focusing on the most intensely important years of Luther's career, Rex teases out the threads of his often paradoxical and counterintuitive ideas from the tangled thickets of his writings, explaining their significance, their interconnections, and the astonishing appeal they so rapidly developed. Yet Rex also sets these ideas firmly in the context of Luther's personal life, the cultural landscape that shaped him, and the traditions of medieval Catholic thought from which his ideas burst forth. Lucidly argued and elegantly written, The Making of Martin Luther is a splendid work of intellectual history that renders Luther's earthshaking yet sometimes challenging ideas accessible to a new generation of readers.   

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"Reading this book was a rewarding experience."---Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"Richard Rex's new book, The Making of Martin Luther, is brilliant in exposing the hair-raising character of his theology."---Melanie McDonagh, The Spectator
"Rex's nuanced account of Luther's theology, steeped in deep learning and wry humour, demands attention."---Susannah Monta, Times Literary Supplement
"A quick read packed with lots of good information, The Making of Martin Luther is a nice jumping-off point for Luther scholarship, whether you're a believer/theologian or a secularist/agnostic/atheist." * Manhattan Book Review *
"[Rex] puts forward a history of Martin Luther's progress to intransigent reformer so excellent that both admirers and critics of Luther's achievement must agree this is the best-researched, acutely observed, deeply pondered, and objectively reported account of his shattering of the Medieval Church as an uncontested European-wide phenomenon."---Patrick Madigan, Heythrop Journal
"Rex's brilliantly written biography of Luther goes from the cradle not to the grave but to the immediate aftermath of the Diet of Worms. The thread he sees as giving spiritual and intellectual unity to this period of Luther's life is the quest for certainty. . . . Considering Rex's own passionate Roman Catholicism, this is a remarkably sympathetic portrait of the Reformer, and it is possibly the best concise study of Luther's early reforming career that I have read."---Carl R. Trueman, First Things
"Readable, free of jargon, and entertaining. . . . This is a book that teaches. Its value lies in presenting briefly and pointedly what is distinctive about Luther's theological development rather than repeating the partisan caricatures of his thought and role produced by later generations of both his detractors and his followers."---Bradley A. Peterson, Reading Religion

Preface ix1 Wittenberg 1517 12 From Erfurt to Wittenberg 223 The Catholic Luther 454 The Quest for Certainty 695 Intimations of Antichrist 966 Luther and Eck 1087 Rome and Wittenberg 1358 Worms and the Wartburg 1599 The Beginning and End of Reformation 18410 The Meaning of Martin Luther 211Abbreviations 231Notes 233Index 271

ISBN: 9780691155159
ISBN-10: 0691155151
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 10th October 2017
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1

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