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Martin Luther

Hans Hillerbrand and Wladyslaw Roczniak

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195399301-0057
Martin Luther

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There is no arguing the centrality of Martin Luther (b. 1483–d. 1546) to the story of the Reformation. Though other reformers both preceded and followed this Wittenberg monk and theologian, Luther’s personal stamp on the course of events left indelible marks that have been the province of spiritual and intellectual pursuit and research since the time of his death. At first a servant of the Catholic Church, then its most unflinching challenger, Luther’s stand became a watershed event that defined an era and still defies easy interpretation. Loved for his vision, originality, and courage, hated for his deference to princes and seeming intolerance, exalted and condemned alike, his life a parable or a parody of one individual’s unyielding stand against authority, the story of Luther, illuminated by his vivid experiences and provocative theological insights, has provided substance for a thorough and ongoing analysis by both historians and theologians. As one of the great historical personages of any era, Luther towers over the course of the Reformation.

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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