Monday, December 12, 2005

Martin Luther: Topical Master Index For Papers And Blogs By James Swan




My writings on Luther arranged by topic:

Audio

"MARTIN LUTHER: FACTS AND FICTION"

MARTIN LUTHER: MADMAN, HERETIC, PROPHET, OR REFORMER?
Chris Arnzen's Iron Sharpens Iron show.

Radio Interview: Luther Myths Here's the link to the Iron sharpens Iron radio broadcast on "Luther Myths" Luther Myths and Our Very Own TQuid

WAS MARTIN LUTHER AN ANTI-SEMITE?
Chris Arnzen's Iron Sharpens Iron show.


Biographical

A Look At "Luther, Exposing The Myth" (Part One) - A review of a Catholic webpage against Luther.

A Look At "Luther, Exposing The Myth" (Part Two): The commandments -A review of a Catholic webpage against Luther.

Are you on your way to Sainthood?: The Death of Magdelena
A response to Matthew Bellisario's "Luther could not deal with death in his own family at all, in fact it brought him despair. The Saints did not act like this when faced with obstacles such as these. They looked to God in their trials of life, while Luther looked to himself. In fact after his daughter died it was said that instead of being at peace with God he went into depression. One writer says, "Whilst the plague was sweeping Europe, the untimely death of his daughter Magdelena sets him off into a deep depression and ruminations on the signs of the End Days."

Busy Minds Are Working to Make Black=White
"According to Vatican insiders the Pope will argue that Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy, was not a heretic. "

Compare and Contrast: Denifle vs O'Hare on Luther Joining the Monastery

Did Luther Have a Valid Call To Monastic Life?
Roman Catholics will sometimes argue Luther made a grave mistake when he became a monk, and this is just one more reason why he could not have been any sort of reformer of Christ's church.

Did Luther REALLY Believe in God?


on the Depressed Luther: It's no secret that Luther had many bouts with depression. A Catholic apologist concludes Luther "probably" suffered from "biochemically produced" "serious psychological maladies."

*1527: The Ten Year Anniversary of the Reformation*
This brief article looks at what Luther’s life was like ten years after he posted the 95 Theses. Originally this article was published in the periodical “The Outlook”.

Heiko Oberman: Luther is not fit to teach in today's universities


How to Refer to Your Theological Oppenents...or not?
Luther's nicknames for his enemies.

Kimberly says: Who Cares About Luther? -Who cares about Luther? He was just a man. He is not to be worshipped. He was not a “Protestant Pope.” The entry is an explanation on why I write about Luther and the Reformation.

Luther and the Peasants Revolt

Luther and the Peasant's War -A brief overview of Luther's involvement in the peasant's war.

Luther & the Seat of Moses

*Luther, Christmas, and Complacency* Luther's attitude toward Christmas.

Luther Enters the Monastery: An Evaluation of Denifle's Arguments
A look at the Catholic attack against Luther entering the monastery, launched by Catholic historian Heinrich Denifle.

Luther Mythology & Hagiography
Do Protestants have an accepted "mythology,” of Martin Luther?

Luther’s Funny Sermons : In Roland Bainton's famous biography of Luther Here I Stand, Bainton gives an example of how "Luther would pass directly from the sermon to the announcements." I've always found this example humorous, and I thought it was worth sharing.

Luther Goes "Word of Faith" (Part One)
A Luther quote used by Word of Faith folks: "Indeed, by faith we become gods and partakers of the divine nature and name, as is said in Psalms 82,6: "I said, Ye are gods, and all of you sons of the Most High."

Luther Goes "Word of Faith" Revisted....
WOF folks using Luther quotes...

Luther's Response To, "I Would Not Believe The Gospel Without The Authority of Rome"

Luther's "Teachings" on Bigamy and Catholic Double Standards

Luther's Use of Reason (AKA: Atheists Need To Do Some Homework)


Luther's View of Church Councils (1)

Luther Myths: A Response- Responses to my aomin entry on Luther Myths.

Luther’s Deathbed Re-Conversion to the Roman Catholic Church: A look at the question as to whether or not Luther finally recanted on his deathbed.

Luther Spoke In tongues? -an excellent overview of Luther’s interpretation of “speaking in tongues” in the book The Charismatic Movement (Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans Publishing company, 1975.

Luther's Suicide
"Thomas Bozio's book, De signis ecclesiae (Rome, 1591), the first literary representation of the legend of Luther's suicide, called forth a lively dispute on Luther's death, which continued till about 1688."

Luther’s Tavern Songs: A CCM Argument For Contemporary Worship- A look at the claim that that Luther took tavern songs and simply put his own words to them.

Martin Luther Quiz


Martin Luther's DaVinci Code
"The five petalled rose on Martin Luther's seal was a pentagram, a symbol which represented the Goddess"

PBS Quiz: Martin Luther Vs. Martin Luther King-A look at the PBS Martin Luther quiz. The quiz has a simple premise: it lists ten small context-less quotations and one is asked to determine if the words were uttered by Martin Luther or Martin Luther King.

Martin Luther's Volatile Language

PBS Presents “Facts” That Luther Advocated Drunkenness and Promiscuity-A look at the PBS information about Martin Luther, and a correction of the facts about Luther in regard to drinking and sex.

Pentecostal Luther who 'Spoke in Tongues' - A look at the alleged historical assertion that Luther spoke in tongues.

Perspectives on Luther: Did he join the Monastery Selfishly? - A response to the charge that Luther was selfish in joining a monastery. The charge states he joined to "save his own hide."

Perspectives on Luther: Did Luther Veer Toward Rebellion and the Destruction of the Church?- A response to the charge that Luther wanted to destroy the church.

Perspectives of Luther: Luther a Polygamist? - A response to the charge that Luther sanctioned polygamy for political purposes.

Perspectives on Luther: Was Luther a Womanizer and a Lush? - A response to the charge that Luther was immoral.

16th Century Insults A description of 16th century language from Henry VIII and Luther by Erwin Doernberg (California: Stanford University Press, 1961)

The Argument From Antiquity
Luther's early responses to those who would argue that truth is determined by antiquity.

The Reformer's Rubbish:Archaeologists Unveil Secrets of Luther's Life

Was Luther an Abused Child in a Dysfunctional Family?


Was Luther's Father a Murderer?


Which God Requires faith?
From the CARM boards, an interaction with an atheist on Luther’s believing faith is a gift from God.

Who Sent The Reformers to Reform the Church?


Books

Free Book: Here I Stand: The famous Luther biography, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton is free on-line.

Free Book: Luther In Light Of Recent Research: For those of you who spend time dialoging with Roman Catholics about Martin Luther, one of my favorite texts is available online. Boehmer refutes a lot of the typical Roman Catholic polemic against Luther, and did so long ago. This is the first edition, the second edition is more complete, but not on line.

*Free Book: Luther Examined and Reexamined: A Review of Catholic Criticism and a Plea for Reevaluation* W.H.T. Dau's book on the false charges against Luther brought by Roman Catholics found its way on to the Internet. The book has been out of print for decades- now it is available for free.

*Free Book: Luther Examined and Reexamined: A Review of Catholic Criticism and a Plea for Reevaluation* (update)- This book is one of the few that directly looks at Roman Catholic arguments against Luther "the person". It is a short book, and easy to read. What makes it important is that it interacts with some of the older "anti-Luther" material that is circulating around cyber-space (O'Hare, Grisar, etc).

Martin Luther's Letters...The Rare 1908 Version Surfaces On-Line -an on-line version of Martin Luther’s Letters by Margaret A. Currie (London, 1908) surfaced on the Internet of this long out of print book.

Research Tools: What Luther Says: One of the most fascinating and helpful resources is What Luther Says by Ewald Plass (though the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church was the mastermind behind this book). The book contains 1700 pages of quotes by Martin Luther arranged topically.


Eschatology

Martin Luther & Ellen G. White: Prophets?: A review of a Seventh Day Adventist arguing Luther was a prophet who erred, but Protestants don’t devalue him. Similarly, Ellen White is a prophet who erred, she likewise, should not be devalued.

Luther: Denying Sola Scriptura With An Unbiblical Understanding of the Word “Prophet”?- A Seventh Day Adventist going after Luther for being inconsistent with his dedication to sola scriptura, and his understanding of the word “prophet.”

Luther in Hell? A look at a Luther thread from Catholic Answers that pokes a big hole in the RCC's recent ecumenical movement.

*The Late Great Planet Earth According To Luther* In 1542, Luther said, “I hold that Judgment day is not far away. I say this because the drive of the gospel is now at its height.” This brief article looks at Luther's expectation of Christ's return in the 16th Century.

Luther’s Understanding of “Soul Sleep” (Part Three)- Luther's understanding of 'soul sleep.

The Seventh Day Adventist Luther: Soul Sleep and the Immortality of the Soul(Part One)- A look at Seventh Day Adventist usage of Luther to affirm a mortal soul.

The Seventh Day Adventist Luther (Part Two) - A look at the sources used by Adventists in their usage of Luther.



Indulgences and the Ninety Five Theses

Luther Nails the 95 Theses- A video clip!

On Indulgences and the Reformation- A look at the Catholic doctrine of the indulgence and the reasons for the Reformation.

Reformation Day: Brief Overview of the 95 Theses - A brief overview of the 95 Theses.


Justification

A Look at Justification By Faith Alone and Good Works in Luther’s Theology-For Luther grace, faith, and the work of Christ are essential ingredients that justify, and that justification is a gift as well as the very faith involved. Luther taught a life under the cross, which is a life of discipleship of following after Christ. Our crosses though, do not save. They serve the neighbor. We are called to be neighbor to those around us.

Debate: Did Martin Luther Mistranslate Romans 3:28?


Did Luther Say: Be A Sinner And Sin Boldly?* This paper gives a close look at Luther’s charge to “sin boldly.” The words “sin boldly” are taken out of context by Roman Catholics in order to show that Luther hated good works. Contrarily, it is shown that Luther believed a living faith produces good works.

Infuriating Factoids
Catholic translations prior to Luther spoke of faith alone at Romans 3:28. Hence, the Nuremberg Bible of 1483 had "allein durch den glauben," while the Italian Bibles of Geneva in 1476 and even 1538 had "per sola fede."

Justification: The doctrine upon which the church stands or falls

Luther Added The Word "Alone" to Romans 3:28?* A look at the charge that Luther added words to the Bible, particularly the word "alone" in Romans 3:28.

Luther's Analogy on the Works of Marriage and Works For God A quote from Luther's Treatise on Good Works about marriage and its spiritual understanding of justification by faith alone.

Luther and the Devil Both Held to Justification by Faith Alone?

Luther And The Law: Did Martin Luther Abhor God's Law? (Part One)* A look at four Luther quotes used by Roman Catholics to prove Luther hatred God's Law. The quotes are given contexts and explanations to prove mis-usage by Roman Catholics.

Luther And The Law: Did Martin Luther Abhor God's Law? (Part Two)* A look at Luther's understanding of the Law and its place in the Christian life.

Luther Deleted "Alone" from Romans 3:28?
Luther did add the word alone, but then retracted it in the "second edition"?

The Swiss vs Luther on "Faith Alone"

Was "Alone" alone previous to the 16th Century?


Luther And The Jews

Catholic Theologian John Eck's Anti-Jewish Writings
One of the leading Roman Catholic theologians of the sixteenth century was Johann Eck. He also wrote some virulent anti-Jewish tracts. Here we find two leading theologians of the Protestant Church (Luther) and the Roman Catholic Church both engaging in clearly anti-Christian attitudes.

Finding Contexts in Peter F. Wiener's "Martin Luther: Hitler's Spiritual Ancestor"
A look at the quotes, "What is good in us Christians, they ignore; what is wrong in us Christians the Jews take advantage of." "The breath of the Jews reeks.""Their rabbis teach them that theft and robbery is no sin."

*Luther And The Jews* This paper takes an in-depth look at Luther’s attitude toward the Jews. It is frequently asserted that Luther was a precursor to Hitler, and that he called for the extermination of the Jews. It is true Luther said terrible things about the Jews. This paper attempts to explain why said what he did.

Luther And The Jews: A look at this Luther quote:"If I had to baptise a Jew, I would take him to the bridge of the Elbe, hang a stone round his neck and push him over with the words `I baptise thee in the name of Abraham” – Martin Luther 'The Facts About Luther, TAN Books, 1987, p. 290. [36] Grisar, “Luther”, Vol. V. pg. 413."

Luther Rides The Beast


Revisiting Luther's Anti-Jewish Writings
"It has recently been claimed by a credible scholar (who is Jewish, by the way) that On the Jews and Their Lies is a forgery. If I can remember their name I'll post it."

Rupp's Response to Peter Wiener

The Fabricated Luther: Refuting Nazi Connections and Modern Myths
Uwe Siemon-Netto' book, The Fabricated Luther: Refuting Nazi Connections and Modern Myths is back in print, and updated.

The Puritanboard on Luther's Anti-Jewish Writings My analysis of a discussion on Luther's alleged anti-Semitism that took place on a Reformed discussion board.

WAS MARTIN LUTHER AN ANTI-SEMITE?
Chris Arnzen's Iron Sharpens Iron show.


Luther’s Mariology

*Ad Fontes: To The Sources*

For The Record: On Luther's Mariology:

How To Eliminate Blog Readers: Bore Them With Tedium

Luther and the Immaculate Conception- A look at the 1540 Disputation on the Divinity and Humanity of Christ.

Luther Changed Genesis 3:15?
I was told that Gen 3:15 was always translated as "she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel."(D-R translation) until Luther changed it to "he" and "his". Is this true? What is the word in the original language, is it gender neutral? Why would Luther change it, didn't he have a great devotion to Mary?

Lutheran Scholar A.C. Piepkorn on Luther's Belief in the Immaculate Conception

Luther, and Mary...One More Time.

Luther: No Woman Is Like You- A look at the Luther quote, "No woman is like you. You are more than Eve or Sarah, blessed above all nobility, wisdom, and sanctity." (Sermon, Feast of the Visitation, 1537

Luther: The Assumption Was A Settled Fact? (Part One) A look at Catholic Apologist Mark Shea's proof that Luther believed in the Assumption because of a sculpture near his tomb.

Luther: The Assumption Was A Settled Fact? (Part Two) A look at Catholic apologist Peter Stravinskas' claim that Luther "...did not pronounce clearly on this subject, but was content simply to affirm it."

Luther: The Assumption Was A Settled Fact? (Part Three)

Luther: "The veneration of Mary is inscribed in the very depths of the human heart"

Luther: “Mary….We Can Never Honor Her Enough”: A look at this quote which is used as proof that Luther was “devoted” to Mary: [She is the] highest woman and the noblest gem in Christianity after Christ . . . She is nobility, wisdom, and holiness personified. We can never honor her enough. Still honor and praise must be given to her in such a way as to injure neither Christ nor the Scriptures. (Sermon, Christmas, 1531).

Luther's Magnificat: A Representation of Luther's Lifelong Mariology?


Luther's Theology of Mary This paper takes a look at Luther’s understanding of Mary. Some Roman Catholics perpetuate the myth that “Luther was extremely devoted to the Virgin Mary.” While having nice things to say about Mary, Luther’s Mariology is not modern-day Roman Catholic Mariology. This paper was originally written for a class at Westminster Seminary.

Luther's Theology of Mary: A Response 

Luther: "Whoever possesses a good (firm) faith, says the Hail Mary without danger!"

On Luther Giving Hyperdulia To Mary- A look at an argument by a Roman Catholic suggesting Martin Luther thought Mary should be given hyperdulia.

16th Century Marian Piety Or Mariolatry?-There were serious problems with Marian theology in the 16th Century, and these problems helped fuel the Reformation. An overview of the lack of doctrinal standards of Marian piety in the Sixteenth Century.

"There can be no doubt that the Virgin Mary is in heaven. How it happened we do not know. And since the Holy Spirit has told us nothing about it, we can make of it no article of faith."

The Reformers and the Assumption
"We know that in the early Church, a belief arose in [Mary's] Assumption (as documented in the Transitus and the Dormition), and that belief was consistent down through the centuries - never refuted as a heresy. Even through the time of the Reformation, men such as Luther, Calvin and Zwingli all believed in the truth of the Assumption."

“They understood not the saying, which he spake unto them.”*This is a selection from Luther from a sermon in which Luther makes some claims about the imperfection of Mary.

Thomas O'Meara: Overview of Luther's Mariology
Roman Catholic historian Thomas O’Meara has done one of the better overviews of Luther's Mariology. He presented his perspective in the book, Mary in Protestant and Catholic Theology (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1966).

Young Luther, The Saints, And The Virgin Mary- An overview of Luther's mariolatry and his denial of the Cult of the Saints.


Obscure Luther Quotes

Bondage of the Will Quote
"Both good and evil men, though by their actions they fulfill the decries and appointments of God, yet are not forcibly constrained to do anything but act willingly.""Both good and evil men, though by their actions they fulfill the decries and appointments of God, yet are not forcibly constrained to do anything but act willingly."

Careful Where You Find Your Quotes...
"Luther's use of the word "allein" was deliberate, NOT to make the passage clearer, but to advance his own personal doctrine. No wonder that he disliked the epistle of James, and rejected it's APostolic origin and wanted to expunge it from the Bible, because he saw that James 2:29 contradicted his addition of "allein" to Romans 3:28."

Careful Where You Find Your Quotes #2

Deacons, Elders, and...Luther
 "...bishops, elders, and deacons are all synonymous terms for the same office."

Finding Contexts in Peter F. Wiener's "Martin Luther: Hitler's Spiritual Ancestor" A look at the quotes, "What is good in us Christians, they ignore; what is wrong in us Christians the Jews take advantage of." "The breath of the Jews reeks.""Their rabbis teach them that theft and robbery is no sin."

From The Beggars Mailbox: The Wise Turk
"I was listening to the KFUO broadcast IssuesEtc and the host says he wished some Luther scholar would point him to where Luther is believed to say that he would rather be ruled by a competent Turk than an incompetent Christian. Or something to that effect. I thought of you since you are such a scholar."

Jehovah's Witnesses Citing Luther
"For my part, I am sure that the day of judgment is just around the corner. It doesn't matter that we don't know the precise day ... perhaps someone else can figure it out. But it is certain that time is not at an end." (Reformation Principles and Practice: Essays in Honor of Arthur Geoffrey Dickens, page 169)"

John Henry Newman Misquotes Luther

Justification: The doctrine upon which the church stands or falls

Luther, "Are You Alone Wise"?
“(On the Misuse of the Mass) he (Luther) confessed that he had often asked himself, “Are you alone wise” Can it be that everyone else is in error and has been in error for so long? What if you are wrong and lead into error so many people who might then be eternally damned?” James M. Kittelson, “Luther the Reformer, the Story of the Man and His Career.”, pg 170, Augsburg Publishing House, 1986

Luther: Addendum: Luther, Are You Alone Wise?

Luther on Wittenberg: "Away from this Sodom"
"Away from this Sodom (Wittenberg)... I will wander about, and sooner beg my bread than allow my poor old last days to be martyred and upset with the disorder of Wittenberg" (Luther's Letter to his Wife, July, 1545)

Luther And The Jews Quote
"If I had to baptise a Jew, I would take him to the bridge of the Elbe, hang a stone round his neck and push him over with the words `I baptise thee in the name of Abraham” – Martin Luther 'The Facts About Luther, TAN Books, 1987, p. 290. [36] Grisar, “Luther”, Vol. V. pg. 413."

Luther as an "infallible, unquestionable theological / spiritual guide or authority"--Against all the sayings of the Fathers, against all the arts and words of angels, men and devils I set the Scriptures and the Gospel . . . Here I stand and here I defy them . . . The Word of God I count above all else and the Divine Majesty supports me; hence I should not turn a hair were a thousand Augustines against me, and am certain that the true Church adheres with me to God's Word. (Against Henry VIII, King of England, 1522; in Grisar, Vol. IV, 391 / from Werke [Weimar], Vol X, II, p. 256 ff.)

Whoever teaches differently from what I have taught herein, or condemns me for it, he condemns God, and must be a child of Hell. (Ibid., from O’Connor, 15)

Luther: Evangelicals are now seven times worse than they were before..having learnt the Gospel, we steal, tell lies, deceive, eat and drink to excess
"We deserve that our Evangelicals (the followers of the new Gospel) should now be seven times worse than they were before. Because after having learnt the Gospel, we steal, tell lies, deceive, eat and drink (to excess), and practice all manner of vices." [Walch. III. 2727]

Luther: I am unable to pray without at the same time cursing-
The Catholic Encyclopedia records Luther's words as, "For I am unable to pray without at the same time cursing. If I am prompted to say: 'hallowed be Thy name', I must add: 'cursed, damned, outraged be the name of the papists'. If I am prompted to say: 'Thy Kingdom come', I must perforce add: 'cursed, damned, destroyed must be the papacy.' Indeed I pray thus orally every day and in my heart without intermission" (Sammtl. W., XXV, 108)

Luther: "I burn with a thousand flames in my unsubdued flesh"
"I burn " said Luther " with a thousand flames in my unsubdued flesh: I feel myself carried on with a rage towards women that approached madness. I, who ought to be fervent in spirit, am only fervent in impurity." (Table Talk)

Luther: "I confess that I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict the Scripture"
"I confess that I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict the Scripture." (Martin Luther, De Wette II, 459).

Luther: “Mary….We Can Never Honor Her Enough”
A look at this quote which is used as proof that Luther was “devoted” to Mary: [She is the] highest woman and the noblest gem in Christianity after Christ . . . She is nobility, wisdom, and holiness personified. We can never honor her enough. Still honor and praise must be given to her in such a way as to injure neither Christ nor the Scriptures. (Sermon, Christmas, 1531).

Luther: "My Teaching is not mine, but God's"
"I have said repeatedly: Assail my person if you will, and in any way you will; I do not claim to be an angel. But I will allow no one to assail my teaching with impunity, since I know that it is not mine, but God’s. For on this depends my neighbor’s salvation and my own, to God’s praise and honor." Martin Luther, (Reply to the Answer of the Leipzig Goat, 1521; from PE, Vol. III, 293-294; translated by A. Steimle)

Luther tells us that it was Satan who convinced him that the Mass was not a true sacrifice
Statements from a Traditionalist Catholic article in which the author quotes from "Audin's Life of Luther" to prove that " Luther tells us that it was Satan who convinced him that the Mass was not a true sacrifice, and that in worshipping bread, he was guilty of idolatry" and "Luther acknowledged at the close of this conference that he was unable to answer the arguments of Satan, and he immediately ceased saying Mass."

Luther, the Prophet: Context, Context, Context
"Do we not read in the Old Testament that God commonly raised up only one prophet at a time? Moses was alone in the Exodus, Elijah was alone in King Ahab’s day, Elisha, after him, was alone, Isaiah was alone in Jerusalem, Hosea alone in Israel, Jeremiah alone in Judaea, Ezekiel alone in Babylon, and so forth. Even though they had many disciples, called “children of the prophets,” God never allowed more than one man alone to preach and rebuke the people.........I say not that I am a prophet, but I do say that the more they despise me and esteem themselves, the more reason they have to fear that I may be a prophet . . .If I am not a prophet, yet for my own self I am certain that the Word of God is with me and not with them, for I have the Scriptures on my side, and they have only their own doctrine. This gives me courage, so that the more they despise and persecute me, the less I fear them.(An Argument in Defense of All the Articles of Dr. Martin Luther Wrongly Condemned in the Roman Bull, 1521; from: Works of Martin Luther [PE], Vol. III, 12-14; translated by C. M. Jacobs)

Luther: “There Are Almost As Many Sects and Beliefs As There Are Heads”: A look at the Luther quote, There are almost as many sects and beliefs as there are heads; this one will not admit baptism; that one rejects the Sacrament of the altar; another places another world between the present one and the day of judgment; some teach that Jesus Christ is not God. There is not an individual, however clownish he may be, who does not claim to be inspired by the Holy Ghost, and who does not put forth as prophecies his ravings and dreams."-

*Luther Said: Christ Committed Adultery?* A quick look at an outrageous quote from Luther: "Christ committed adultery first of all with the woman at the well about whom St. John tells us...."

Luther said, "To the gallows with Moses!"
“All who consort with Moses, will eventually sell out to the Devil. Let Moses be hanged!" “Alle, die mit Mose umgehen, müssen zum Teufel fahren, an Galgen mit Mose.”"Let Moses be hanged" (“an Galgen mit Mose”), literally, "to the gallows with Moses!"

Luther's Imaginary Letter to Pope Leo X, January 6, 1519
"I never approved of a schism, nor will I approve of it for all eternity . . . That the Roman Church is more honored by God than all others is not to be doubted . . . It is not by separating from the Church that we can make her better." (Letter to Pope Leo X, January 6, 1519)

Luther's Letter to Pope Leo: " I acknowledge your voice, as the voice of Christ"
"Wherefore, Most Blessed Father, I offer myself, prostrate at the feet of Your Holiness, with all that I am and have. Bid me live, slay me, call, recall, approve, condemn, as it may please you. I acknowledge your voice, as the voice of Christ, presiding and speaking in you." (Luther's letter to Pope Leo, May 30, 1518)

Luther: Sola Scriptura Had a "Devastating Effect"?
"There are almost as many sects and beliefs as there are heads; . . . There is not an individual, however clownish he may be who does not claim to be inspired by the Holy Ghost, and who does not put forth as prophecies his ravings and dreams" - Martin Luther

Luther's Statement Concerning Roman Catholic Authorities: "Why do we not rather assault them with arms and wash our hands in their blood?" (Part One)


Luther's Statement Concerning Roman Catholic Authorities: "Why do we not rather assault them with arms and wash our hands in their blood?" (Part Two)


Luther's Statement Concerning Roman Catholic Authorites: "Why do we not rather assault them with arms and wash our hands in their blood?" (Part Three)


Luther: The History of Jonah Is So Monstrous That It Is Absolutely Incredible:
Allegedly, "The history of Jonah is so monstrous that it is absolutely incredible ... " according to Luther. In this brief snippet, the implication may be that Luther denied the historical account of Jonah and the whale, and therefore denied the miraculous, and is also probably like one of those liberal scholars who interprets the Bible as fictional literature rather than history. Or quite possibly, he just said awful things about Holy Scripture.

Luther: "The veneration of Mary is inscribed in the very depths of the human heart"

Luther: We have no wish either to see or hear Moses
Father O'Hare states, "But even for the books [Luther] chose to retain, he showed little or no respect. Here are some examples of his judgments on them. Of the Pentateuch he says: 'We have no wish either to see or hear Moses.'

Luther: "Whoever possesses a good (firm) faith, says the Hail Mary without danger!"


Luther: "Zwingli's death proved I'm right and he's wrong"- Luther hated Zwingli so much that when Zwingli was killed in battle he said, "he got what he deserved.... His death proved I'm right and he's wrong."'

New Series: Helping Matthew Bellisario Do Research #1- "As for pope, cardinals, bishops, "and the whole brood of Roman Sodom", why not attack it "with every sort of weapon and wash our hands in its blood" (Walch, XVIII, 245).

Proof of Luther's "pathetic spiritual condition"-"His last sermon in Wittenberg (17 Jan., 1546) is in a vein of despondency and despair. "Usury, drunkenness, adultery, murder, assassination, all these can be noticed, and the world understands them to be sins, but the devil's bride, reason, that pert prostitute struts in, and will be clever and means what she says, that it is the Holy Ghost" (op. cit., XVI, 142-48). The same day he pens the pathetic lines "I am old, decrepit, indolent, weary, cold, and now have the sight of but one eye" (De Wette, op. cit., V, 778). Nevertheless peace was not his."(1) [Sources (1) Catholic Encyclopedia].

References from Boettner to The Bondage of the Will
James, I am reading Loraine Boettner's book, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination. The section on "the doctrine of reprobation" is interesting in regard to the emotional resistance to the doctrine of election. He states a quote from Luther saying, "This mightily offends our rational nature". But I don't understand the book source of the quote: In Praefat, and Epist. ad Rom., quoted by Zanchius, Predestination, p. 92. I tried asking others in the chat room, they sent me to you...

References That Miss The Mark
"Imputed righteousness led Luther to say such absurd, ridiculous things as the following: "One and the same act may be accepted before God and not accepted, be good and not good." "The gospel is a teaching having no connection whatever with reason, whereas the teaching of the law can be understood by reason . . . reason cannot grasp an extraneous righteousness." [in Hartmann Grisar, Luther, vol. 1 of 6 (tr. E.M. Lamond, ed. Luigi Capadelta, London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 2nd ed., 1914, pp. 216-217; from Commentary on Romans]"

Revisiting Luther's Outrageous Statements on Being a "Prophet"
I say not that I am a prophet, but I do say that the more they despise me and esteem themselves, the more reason they have to fear that I may be a prophet . . . If I am not a prophet, yet for my own self I am certain that the Word of God is with me and not with them, for I have the Scriptures on my side, and they have only their own doctrine. This gives me courage, so that the more they despise and persecute me, the less I fear them. (An Argument in Defense of All the Articles of Dr. Martin Luther Wrongly Condemned in the Roman Bull, 1521; from: Works of Martin Luther [PE], Vol. III, 12-14; translated by C. M. Jacobs)

The "ineffable joy" of Predestination to Hell (Part One)
"Luther thought that men should have an "ineffable joy" if they discovered that they were damned, because they were resigned to God's will" "He even dares to say to those who are affrighted by predestination to hell, that resignation to eternal punishment is, for the truly wise, a source of `ineffable joy' " "His assurance to souls, affrighted by their inevitable predestination to Hell, that for the truly wise acceptance of eternal punishment is a source of "ineffable joy", seems more a mockery than anything else".

The "ineffable joy" of Predestination to Hell (Part 2)


"There can be no doubt that the Virgin Mary is in heaven. How it happened we do not know. And since the Holy Spirit has told us nothing about it, we can make of it no article of faith."

Weekly “wisdom” from Martin Luther = Propaganda #1 - “Snakes and monkeys are subjected to the demon more than other animals. Satan lives in them and possesses them. He uses them to deceive men and to injure them.”


Obscure Luther Quoters: Steve Ray and Spy Vs. Spy

Below are many blog posts about the follwoing Luther quote:

"If the world lasts for a long time, it will again be necessary, on account of the many interpretations which are now given to the Scriptures, to receive the decrees of councils, and take refuge in them, in order to preserve the unity of faith." Epis. ad. Zwingli (ap. Balmes, p. 423)" - Martin Luther

I caught Steve Ray misusing and misciting this quote. The following blog posts document how far these one will go to avoid admitting they misquoted Luther.

When Footnotes Attack!

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A Response To Steve Ray On "When Footnotes Attack!" .

More On Steve Ray's Luther Quote & Luther's Letter To Zwingli

The Chase Goes On....


Context:


The Wild Goose Chase Continued...


Never Mind.


Quote Hunting...Continued.

Quote Update #1

Quote Update 2

On  His Research


Overview Of Luther's Writings About Zwingli


Spy Vs Spy: The Evidence Is In


Spy vs. Spy...Continued.


Luther's Preface To The Swabian Syngramma

The "Luther Quote" Via Leibniz (revised)


Leibniz Jenga


The Helping Hands of Turretinfan



Patrick O’Hare’s Facts About Luther

Catholic Apologist Art Sippo on Father O’Hare’s “Facts About Luther”- Catholic apologist Art Sippo says not read The Facts About Luther.

Defending O'Hare's Facts About Luther: A brave Roman Catholic attempts to defend one of the worst books on Luther ever written.

Defending O'Hare's Facts About Luther (Continued)- A brave Roman Catholic gives up defending one of the worst books on Luther ever written.

Father O'Hare's "Facts About Luther" Revisted-

*O'Hare's Facts About Luther: Master Index of Outrageous Quotes * A list of quotes I’ve either found in cyber-space or my own study of The Facts About Luther. Its one thing to read Luther and critique him- this is perfectly acceptable- and I challenge all to do this. It is quite another thing to read a book that slanders Luther, and then use out of context quotes to prove how awful he was- without ever actually reading a page from Luther's actual writings.

*The Facts About Luther (Part One)* A quick overview of the worst book on Luther ever written by Father Patrick O’Hare.

*The Facts About Luther (Part Two)*

The Facts About Luther: 1916 Edition


The Sacraments
Understanding Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin on the Lord’s Supper (Part One)

Understand Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin on the Lord's Supper (Part Two)

Understanding Luther, Zwingli and Calvin on the Lord’s Supper (Part 3)

On The Sacraments and "Reason": Differences Between Lutherans and the Reformed



The Bondage Of The Will

Dave Hunt Celebrates The Reformation in February*A look at the February 2006 Berean Call newsletter article on the Reformation. Dave Hunt makes no hesitation in denying the bondage to sin of the human will- thus, at the most important point in Reformation doctrine, Hunt denies the Reformation.

Luther and Predestination: Probing the Secret Council of the Hidden God- An overview of Luther's doctrine of predestination and his paradox of the hidden/revealed God.

Luther Popping the Free Will Baloon

The Bondage of the Will and the Reformed Confessions - A comparison of the Reformed doctrine of total depravity and Luther's doctrine of the bondage of the will.


The Canon Of Scripture and Related Issues

Alert the Catholic Apologists: A Roman Catholic Discovers Luther Held 1 Maccabees To Be Canonical Scripture

Catholic Apologists May Lose One of Their Favorite Arguments
Luther added the word "alone" to Romans!

Defending My Paper on Luther’s Canon: A Roman Catholic who goes by the name “Catholic Dude” reviewed my paper on Luther’s Canon. Below I provided a 4 part detailed response:

I. Luther's Canon: A Response To "Catholic Dude" (Part one)

II. Luther's Canon: A Response to Catholic Dude (Part Two)

III. Luther's Canon: A Response To Catholic Dude (part Three)

IV. Luther's Canon: A Response To Catholic Dude (Part Four)

"Little about Luther’s celebrated translation may have been original"...so says Philip Blosser

Luther, Basil, Michuta, and 1st Century Indians - A look at a Luther quote on Maccabees from Catholic apologist Gary Michuta.

Luther Added The Word "Alone" to Romans 3:28?* A look at the charge that Luther added words to the Bible, particularly the word "alone" in Romans 3:28.

Luther on 2 Maccabees 12:46
Luther's opinion of 2 Maccabees 12:46 and purgatory. Luther stated in a letter, "The text in Maccabees is left, and is quite plain."

Luther, 2 Maccabees & Purgatory....Revisited
A common Catholic complaint is that Luther "threw" 2 Maccabees out of the canon because it teaches purgatory.

Luther on the Book of James...Revisted

Luther on the Perspicuity of Scripture

Luther's "Epistle of Straw" Comment
“In a word St. John’s Gospel and his first epistle, St. Paul’s epistles, especially Romans, Galatians, and Ephesians, and St. Peter’s first epistle are the books that show you Christ and teach you all that is necessary and salvatory for you to know, even if you were never to see or hear any other book or doctrine. Therefore St. James’ epistle is really an epistle of straw,  compared to these others, for it has nothing of the nature of the gospel about it. But more of this in the other prefaces.”

Luther: The History of Jonah Is So Monstrous That It Is Absolutely Incredible: Allegedly, "The history of Jonah is so monstrous that it is absolutely incredible ... " according to Luther. In this brief snippet, the implication may be that Luther denied the historical account of Jonah and the whale, and therefore denied the miraculous, and is also probably like one of those liberal scholars who interprets the Bible as fictional literature rather than history. Or quite possibly, he just said awful things about Holy Scripture.

*Luther’s View of the Canon of Scripture* This paper takes a close look at the frequent charge that Luther removed books from the Bible. It is often said that Luther removed James, Jude, Hebrews and Revelation. The paper shows that Luther did no such thing, but that his approach to canonicity differs from what we are used to today. Also included is a close look at Luther’s statement that the book of James is “an epistle of straw.”

*Luther's View Of The Canon: Dialog With Malcolm * My response to a Roman Catholic who critiqued my work on Luther's view of the canon.

Not, "Why Johnny Can't Read or Write," but "Why Johnny Shouldn't Write"
John Martignoni: "Are you starting to get an idea of why Martin Luther threw the Book of James out of his version of the Bible? And, even after he put it back in, he referred to it as an “epistle of straw”. Can you imagine what non–Catho lic Christians would say if the Pope referred to any book of the Bible as an “epistle of straw”? Yet, that’s exactly what Martin Luther did."

Perspectives of Luther: The Influence of Occam on Luther and Sola Scriptura:- A look at the influence of Occam on Luther.

*Steve Ray & Melanchthon on Keeping Books in the New Testament Canon* A look at Catholic apologist Steve Ray's charge that Melanchthon stopped Luther from removing books from the New Testament.

*The Evils of Private Interpretation (Part One)*A look at a frequently used context-less Luther quote, and a plea for those who use it to provide a context- "There are almost as many sects and beliefs as there are heads; . . . There is not an individual, however clownish he may be who does not claim to be inspired by the Holy Ghost, and who does not put forth as prophecies his ravings and dreams..."

Why Gary Michuta Says Protestant Bibles Are Smaller (#1) Part 1 of my review of Catholic apologist Gary Michuta's presentation of Martin Luther from his new book, Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger.

Why Gary Michuta Says Protestant Bibles Are Smaller (#2) Part 2 of my review of Catholic apologist Gary Michuta's presentation of Martin Luther from his new book, Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger.


The Quotable Luther
The Quotable Luther #1

The Quotable Luther #2

The Quotable Luther #3- 486 Year-Old Advice on "Doing" Apologetics


The Quotable Luther #4


The Quotable Luther #5: "Opponents Using the Early Church Fathers"

The Quotable Luther #6 Waiting for a Council to Clarify


The Quotable Luther #7 Easter

The Quotable Luther #8 "The Fathers, the Fathers"


The Roman Catholic Understanding of Luther

Assertio Septem Sacramentorum: An Idea To Help Catholic Apologists Sell Books...

A Catholic Scholar Speaks on Luther- an interesting quote from John T. McDonough's (Roman Catholic) chapter, "The Essential Luther". I've chosen this because it is refreshing to read a catholic perspective on Luther that avoids the typical hostile polemic so frequent in cyber space.

A "Roman Catholic" Martin Luther Quiz My answers to quiz found on a Catholic discussion board about Martin Luther

Church Fathers, Luther & The Tabletalk A short review of a Catholic blog article that asserts Luther hated the church fathers.

Correction on The Orthodox vs Heterodox Luther

Discussion With Catholic Apologist Art Sippo on Luther Biographies: Catholic apologist Art Sippo and I discussed which were the best and worst biographies on Luther to read. Needless to say, Dr. Sippo and I agreed on nothing. The conversation shows that Sippo begins with Luther as an arch-villain, and any book that says otherwise is propaganda.

I. On Dialoging With Catholic apologist Art Sippo on Luther Scholarship

II. Catholic Apologist Art Sippo on Father O’Hare’s “Facts About Luther”

III. Catholic Apologist Art Sippo on Luther Scholarship and Research (Part 1)

IV. Art Sippo on Catholic Historians Grisar and Denifle and Luther’s Demon Possession (part 2)

V. Using Psychohistory To Interpret Luther (A Response To Catholic Apologist Art Sippo (part3)

VI. Catholic Apologist Art Sippo Takes The Time To Thank Me For My Luther Research

VII. Luther Between God and the Devil: Catholic Apologist Art Sippo on Heiko Oberman

VIII. Catholic Apologist Art Sippo on Roland Bainton's "Here I Stand"

IX. Catholic Apologist Art Sippo on Richard Marius

X. Catholic Apologist Art Sippo on Catholic Historian Joseph Lortz

XI. A Last Look At Catholic Apologist Art's Sippo's View Of Luther Biographies

XII. Art Sippo on Luther Biographies Revisited: Marius on Denifle

Sippo vs Lortz Revisted: Cardinal Ratzinger help Dr. Sippo understand Joseph Lortz


Sippo, Lortz, Ratzinger, and Luther


*Free Book: Luther Examined and Reexamined: A Review of Catholic Criticism and a Plea for Reevaluation* W.H.T. Dau's book on the false charges against Luther brought by Roman Catholics found its way on to the Internet. The book has been out of print for decades- now it is available for free.

*Free Book: Luther Examined and Reexamined: A Review of Catholic Criticism and a Plea for Reevaluation* (update)- This book is one of the few that directly looks at Roman Catholic arguments against Luther "the person". It is a short book, and easy to read. What makes it important is that it interacts with some of the older "anti-Luther" material that is circulating around cyber-space (O'Hare, Grisar, etc).

Heinrich Denifle: Catholic Interpreter of Luther
Luther was a fallen-away monk with unbridled lust, a theological ignoramus, an evil man, and used immorality to begin the the Reformation. Denifle accuses Luther of buffoonery, hypocrisy, pride, ignorance, forgery, slander, pornography, vice, debauchery, drunkenness, seduction, corruption, and more: he is a lecher, knave, liar, blackguard, sot, and worse: he was infected with the venereal disease syphilis.

*Here I Stand: A Review of Citations of Roland Bainton’s Popular Biography on Martin Luther*

"I am curious as to why Swan goes to such length to "defend" and promote Luther, but from what I understand he (Swan) is NOT a Lutheran. Odd it seems..."


"[James Swan] is a juvenile, pompous ass. I'm through with this clown."


Listening, Or Not Listening...That Is The Question.
"The irony is that Protestants decry "man-centered" religion and the Catholic notion of saints, yet when it comes to Luther they are often so afraid of showing any of his faults, that they engage in pseudo-hagiography and historical revisionism."

Luther's Early Biographer: A Perspective From a Contemporary : An excerpt from one of Luther's earliest biographers, Cochlaeus- a sworn enemy of Luther.

Luther Listens To the Staples / Slick Radio Discussion
Galatians 3:11 "Now it is evident that no man is justified before God by the Law; for the righteous shall live by faith."

"Luther's Own Statements" By Henry O'Connor
"Only a year before his death, Luther published a famous work against the Pope. This work is so satanical in its title, so satanical in its beginning, so satanical in its almost every page, so super-satanical..."

Methodology
"Swan is guilty of presenting a severely warped picture of what happened in this regard of influence by completely ignoring the large role that Luther himself played in it. "

Radio Interview: Luther Myths


*Silly Luther stuff From Catholic Answers* The folks over on the Catholic Answers boards say some of the most silly things about Martin Luther.

The "Luther" entry in the Catholic Encyclopedia

Theological Forecast: Luther brawl on the CARM Catholic Board Brewing - a short overview of Catholic in interpretations of Luther.

*The Roman Catholic Perspective of Martin Luther(Part One)* The paper examines the hostile attacks against Luther put forth by Roman Catholic scholars. Evaluated are the perspectives of Cochlaeus, Heinrich Denifle, Hartmann Grisar, Patrick O’Hare’s “Facts About Luther”, and The Catholic Encyclopedia’s popular entry on Luther.

*The Roman Catholic Perspective of Martin Luther(Part Two)* In the early 1900’s, Catholic approaches to Luther shifted from vicious hostility against him personally to evaluating his theological work. Catholic scholars began to find value in some of his theology, and appreciated him for his Christocentric approach.

Various Luther tidbits... Details on various interaction with Catholics on Luther.

Various Luther Tidbits....

Luther also made it a practice to attack early Church Fathers personally as well, making accusations that would make it appear as if he had known them personally. For instance he once said in referring to the great Saint Jerome, "I know no doctor whom I hate so much, although I once loved him so ardently. Surely there's more learning in Aesop, than in all of Jerome" (LW 54, 72) Let us assume that humility was not one of Martin Luther's virtues. In fact if we compare Luther's character to that of the Saints like Jerome we find a stark contrast.

3 comments:

Andrew Suttles said...

It would be helpful if you might post a basic cannon of Luther's Works that would essential for getting at Luther's theology. I think I may set out to read his reforming treatises of 1520, Bondage of the Will, Smalcald Articles, the Catechisms, and Commentary on Galatians in the next year. Is this a pretty good summary of his theology and writing?

James Swan said...

Yes, those are good choices. You may find this volume useful:

http://books.google.com/books?id=Ve7Sybjp5s8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=timothy+lull+martin+luther&source=bl&ots=uigi0VjUZ3&sig=To49JDyT36wsczXoaSxEX_I-ACY&hl=en&ei=ZL4KTZ7CI4TGlQe3leC8Cw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false

Martin Luther's basic theological writings (Google eBook)
Martin Luther, Timothy F. Lull, William R. Russell
2 Reviews
Fortress Press, 2005 - Religion - 489 pages

Andrew Suttles said...

Excellent James. Thanks.

I've also just discovered your 'Resources' page which has a ton of good stuff.