Interpreting Martin Luther
An Introduction to His Life and Thought
"However deeply we immerse ourselves in Luther, we are no closer to exhausting the riches his mind and thought make available to us."
So writes Victor Shepherd in this immensely readable and informative book - which aids in just such an immersion. Shepherd sets the ethos and legacy of Luther's theology in its theological, religious, and sociopolitical context, tracing Luther's theological development in chapters on such topics as:
Humanism in the fifteenth century
-Freedom in Christ
-The Lord's Supper
-Law and Gospel
-Church and state
-Luther and the Jewish people
And all the while, he keeps a careful eye on the implications of applications of Luther's thought for Christians and churches today.