Have you ever wondered what Martin Luther’s 95 Theses actually said? If so, you’re not alone. Finally, there’s an accessible guide to Luther’s most revolutionary words. Martin Luther changed the course of church history. His 95 Theses are considered a groundbreaking document that sparked the Reformation and altered countless lives. But most people today have never read them and don’t understand them. In Martin Luther’s 95 Theses: Celebrating the Protestant Reformation in the 21st Century, Peter DeHaan takes Luther’s contentions and turns them into understandable, bite-sized snippets, short enough to keep your attention. He explains their meaning and makes them accessible for today’s reader. With a helpful snapshot of Martin Luther’s life, you’ll get an easy-to-understand overview of the historical and religious context of his day, as well as the impact of his history-making document. Martin Luther’s 95 Theses combines a concise history lesson with an easy-to-digest breakdown of each one so that you can: - Uncover the basics of the Reformation - Learn why Luther was inspired to write his 95 theses - Understand Luther’s words in today’s language - See how the theses are relevant to your life and your church - Discover how his message can inspire and transform your faith today In Martin Luther’s 95 Theses you’ll get the inside story of what led Luther to post these vital statements and how they apply to people today. A discussion guide to use with your small group is included. An advocate for authentic church practices, Peter DeHaan, PhD sees reform as an ongoing process in order to advance the kingdom of God. His desire is to encourage Christians to better align their lives with their faith. Let Martin Luther’s 95 Theses inspire you to learn more about the radical document that changed the course of church history and still impacts people today. You’ll finally understand what Luther’s words mean and how you can apply them to your life. Get this accessible guide to the 95 Theses and start your journey to a new understanding of Martin Luther’s most important work. [This book was first published as 95 Tweets.]
Did Martin Luther wield his hammer on the Wittenberg church door on October 31, 1517? Did he even post the Ninety-five Theses at all? This collection of documents sheds light on the debate surrounding Luther's actions and the timing of his writing and his request for a disputation on the indulgence issue. The primary documents in this book include the theses, their companion sermon ("A Sermon on Indulgence and Grace", 1518), a chronoloical arrangement of letters pertinent to the theses, and selections from Luther's Table Talk that address the Ninety-five Theses. A final section contains Luther's recollections, which offer today's reader the reformer's own views of the Reformation and the Ninety-five Theses.
Timothy J. Wengert, one of the best know interpreters of Luther and Lutheranism active today, sets his newly translated Ninety-Five Theses in its historical context with a detailed introduction and illuminating study notes. To help the reader understand the context and the import of the Ninety-Five Theses, Wengert provides tworelated and essential documents: Luthers Letter to Archbishop Albrecht of Mainz (to which he appended a copy of the Ninety-Five Theses) and Luthers 1518 Sermon on Indulgences and Grace (written to inform the German-speaking public of his view of indulgences).
The Ninety-five Theses or Disputation on the Power of Indulgences are a list of propositions for an academic disputation written in 1517 by Martin Luther, professor of moral theology at the University of Wittenberg, Germany, that started the Reformation, a schism in the Catholic Church which profoundly changed Europe. They advance Luther's positions against what he saw as abusive in the practice of clergy selling plenary indulgences, which were certificates believed to reduce the temporal punishment for sins committed by the purchasers or their loved ones in purgatory.
Learn how to use mock trials to bring history and literature to life! When students take on the roles of lawyers and witnesses in historical or literary trials, they develop greater investment in the topics, they learn rigorous close-reading and questioning techniques, and they are able to deeply explore and reflect upon themes of justice and responsibility. In this new book from award-winning teacher David Sherrin, you’ll find out how this lively instructional strategy will make learning a more immersive, engaging, and memorable experience for your middle school and high school students. The book includes: a clear how-to guide to get the most out of mock trials in your class; ready-made units and lessons to get you started right away, complete with sample scripts, primary source documents, scaffolding worksheets, and assessment rubrics; templates and step-by-step instructions to help you design your own mock trials. The pre-made units, which Sherrin spent years refining in his classroom, cover historical topics such as the Nuremberg Trials and the inquisitions of Martin Luther and Galileo. You’ll also find fun and interactive mock trials based on the literary works The Pearl and To Kill a Mockingbird. These lessons will help students at all ability levels to become better readers, public speakers, and critical thinkers. For even more engaging lessons, try out Sherrin’s companion book on role-plays, The Classes They Remember: Using Role-Plays to Bring Social Studies and English to Life.
In this sequel to the enormously successful Seven Men, #1 New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas offers more captivating stories of some of the most inspiring men in history. Join Metaxas as he shares about the lives of seven more men who faced insurmountable struggles and challenges with victorious resolve. Heroes and role models have always been essential for inspiring our lives and shaping the world. But in the last few decades, the need for men of valor and integrity is more vital than ever. Metaxas restores a sense of the heroic in the compelling profiles of seven extraordinary men: Martin Luther George Whitefield General William Booth George Washington Carver Sergeant Alvin York Alexander Solzhenitsyn Billy Graham Becoming acquainted with these seven heroes cannot fail to make your life immeasurably richer. Each man demonstrates particular qualities: the courage to surrender themselves to a higher purpose and the willingness to give away something dear to them for the good of others. With vitality and warmth, Metaxas draws electrifying insights for our daily lives from the inexhaustible richness of history. Inevitably inspiring, this anthology reminds us that certain qualities are worthy of emulation--now more than ever. Praise for Seven More Men: "God often uses nobodies from nowhere with nothing to offer but hearts fully surrendered to him and uses them to change the world. Metaxas once again magically and masterfully illustrates God's guiding hand in the lives of seemingly ordinary men to produce great men who use their gifts and opportunities to bring glory to God and to serve others. This book will deeply inspire you to diligently serve God with all your heart, no matter your life's current circumstances, knowing that he knows the plans he has for you." --Kirk Cameron, actor and producer "Great biographers do more than relay the facts of history; they acquaint us with its authors and inspire us to emulate them. In Seven More Men, Eric Metaxas uses seven short biographies and five hundred years as thread and canvas to produce a magnificent tapestry to not only inform your mind but inspire your heart. These unvarnished stories of faithful endurance, unwavering hope, and costly love are a must-read for our generation." --Christopher Yuan, speaker, Bible professor, and coauthor of Out of a Far Country
Ask any Christian and he or she will agree that Luther's 95 Theses lit the match that became a worldwide fire. Yet, almost none have actually read the Theses! This short book gives all 95 Theses in list form, a chapter on what each Thesis said with a critical analysis, plus an after-word about their impact on the world. If you think Luther condemned Indulgences - read this book! If you think he condemned the popes - think again! If you think he pinned his Theses to the church door as an act of defiance or as a rebel - this book will dissuade you! In short, at the time he wrote the Theses, he merely wanted fellow academics to join a discussion - he had no intention of lighting a fire that rocked the medieval world! See for yourself what the 95 Theses REALLY were - you might be very surprised. The author has reduced the number of Theses to about 15 - whereas the original German version reduced them to 20. You will see why.
German description: Das Lutherjahrbuch wird von der internationalen Luther-Gesellschaft herausgegeben. Es veroffentlicht neue Erkenntnisse zur Wittenberger Reformation sowie deren Rezeption bis in die Gegenwart und informiert uber die internationale Lutherforschung.
This first volume in Martin Brecht's three-volume biography recounts Luther's youth and young adulthood up to the period of the Diet of Worms. Brecht, in a clear, eloquent translation by James Schaaf, discusses Luther's education at the University of Erfurt, his monastic life, his canonical trial in 1519, the Leipzig debate, and his earliest contributions to the beginning of the Reformation. Illustrations enrich the text.