By Martin Luther
"Luther's transformational proposal of justification through religion on my own used to be frequently misunderstood and misrepresented within the early years of the Reformation. In 1520, along with his Wittenberg congregation in brain, Luther got down to make clear the biblical origin of excellent works. In doing so he recast the very definitions of 'sacred' and 'secular' either for his personal iteration and ours. Treatise on reliable works is the second one of an occasional sequence of courses to key Reformation treatises via Martin Luther. aimed toward expanding realizing and curiosity between modern readers, those slender, reasonable volumes characteristic new translations and various necessary features"--Publisher description. Read more...
summary: "Luther's transformational proposal of justification by way of religion on my own was once frequently misunderstood and misrepresented within the early years of the Reformation. In 1520, together with his Wittenberg congregation in brain, Luther got down to make clear the biblical beginning of fine works. In doing so he recast the very definitions of 'sacred' and 'secular' either for his personal iteration and ours. Treatise on stable works is the second one of an occasional sequence of courses to key Reformation treatises via Martin Luther. aimed toward expanding realizing and curiosity between modern readers, those narrow, reasonable volumes function new translations and quite a number beneficial features"--Publisher description
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9. For an exhaustive list of religious practices Luther regarded as for the most part unnecessary in the “true Christian church,” see his Exhortation to All the Clergy (1530), written during the Diet of Augsburg (LW 34:54–59; WA vol. 30, pt. 2, 347–56). 10. Martin Luther Studienausgabe, vol. 2, ed. Hans-Ulrich Delius (Berlin: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 1982),12–88. 11 Dedication To the illustrious and noble prince and lord, John, Duke of Saxony, Landgrave of Thuringia, Margrave of Meissen, my gracious lord and patron.
19. Exod. 20:3; Deut. 5:7 20. John 6:28-29. 21. Luther refers here to medieval scholastic theologians who discussed whether or not believers could be certain of having saving grace. 22. Eccl. 9:7-9. 23. John 8:29. 24. 1 John 3:19-22. 25. 1 John 3:9. 26. Ps. 34:22. 27. Ps. 2:11. 28. 1 Cor. 13:3. 29. Rom. 14:23. 30. Luther’s term for adherents of Islam, who were familiar to sixteenth-century Europeans primarily as Muslims from the Ottoman Turkish Empire. 31. For medieval theologians, the term habitus referred to a disposition of the soul created by grace and containing the virtues faith, hope, and love.
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A Treatise on Good Works by Martin Luther