Thanks everyone for your responses!
[quote="waanju, post:5, topic:305440"]
I would suggest you read three:
one by a Catholic
one by a Lutheran
and one by an atheistic historian
Together, I think you'll get a pretty clear picture. If you're short on time, the third would be unbiased in the way you're talking about, but might be biased against his position as a religious person in general.
EDIT- or you know, Portofino had a good idea. :)
That is a good idea...too bad I hardly have any time to read to begin with:o
[quote="ndismyhome, post:7, topic:305440"]
I agree with Jon. If you want to determine if Luther is a heretic or not, don't mess around with his biography, read stuff he penned. I would start with the Small and Large Catechisms and the Smalcald Articles, then move on to his collected works. Finally, remember that Lutherans do not swear to uphold the teachings of Martin Luther, rather we hold to the Lutheran Confessions and Scripture.
I don''t think Luther was a heretic, but used that term to describe the very extreme ends of the spectrum when it comes to how people view Luther. I do have the Catechisms and had to memorize all of the commandments, articles of the Apostles' Creed, petitions of the Lord's Prayer, Keys, Baptism, and the Lord's Supper and all the explanations for public examination before I was confirmed when I was 14.
[quote="Anna_Scott, post:14, topic:305440"]
Luther was a man of many words. :D
I've attempted to tackle Luther's writings, but it is a rather daunting task.
MARTIN LUTHER'S WRITINGS: Sermons, Commentary & other Works is an online source. You can easily choose what sections you want to read.
Peace and blessings,
Thanks for the link, this will be helpful.