Devotional Writings 2 (#43 in Luther's Works Series)
General Editors' Preface Abbreviations Introduction To Volume 43 Personal Prayer Book, 1522 A Letter To Hans Von Rechenberg, 1522 A Letter Of Consolation To All Who Suffer Persecution, 1522 To All Christians In Worms, 1523 How God Rescued An Honorable...
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General Editors' Preface Abbreviations Introduction To Volume 43 Personal Prayer Book, 1522 A Letter To Hans Von Rechenberg, 1522 A Letter Of Consolation To All Who Suffer Persecution, 1522 To All Christians In Worms, 1523 How God Rescued An Honorable Nun, 1524 A Christian Letter Of Consolation To The People Of Miltenberg, 1524 Whether One May Flee From A Deadly Plague, 1527 A Letter Of Consolation To The Christians At Halle, 1527 Sayings In Which Luther Found Comfort, 1530 That A Christian Should Bear His Cross With Patience, 1530 A Simple Way To Pray, 1535 Appeal For Prayer Against The Turks, 1541 Comfort For Women Who Have Had A Miscarriage, 1542 To The Saxon Princes, 1545 Indexes
These are not devotional writings in the sense of being edifying discourses or daily meditations for the cultivation of general spiritual sensitivity. Rather they are concrete expressions of evangelical faith and piety written by Luther the Pastor to deal with specific and burning life situations. In a very real sense they are "letters of spiritual counsel." The contents of this volume cover the years between 1522 (the year after the Diet of Worms) and 1545 (the year before Luther's death).
Martin Luther (1483 , 1546) was a German monk, a theologian and church reformer, he is considered to be the founder of Protestantism. Luther was a professor of Bible at the University of Wittenberg when he posted his famous 95 Theses (1517). In addition to writing many books, Luther translated the Bible into German. Luther believed that salvation was only by faith in Jesus , unmediated by the church. He challenged papal authority by emphasing the Bible as the only source of religious authority and believed the church to be a priesthood of all believers.These ideas helped to inspire the Protestant Reformation and changed the course of Western civilization. He married Katharina von Bora thus initiating the practice of clerical marriage within Protestantism.- Publisher.