Monday, November 02, 2015

Some interesting videos and lectures about Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation

Nothing like the scholarly articles of James Swan, . . . but

A Montage of scenes from the 2003 Movie, Luther, starring Joseph Fiennes as Martin Luther.  The Montage begins with the 95 theses in 1517, and goes to the famous speech at the trial of the Diet of Worms in 1521, and ends with text about Luther's life after the Augsburg Confession of 1530.

"Luther's Reformation Breakthrough" - lecture by Dr. Ryan Reeves of Gordon-Conwell Seminary.
Professor Reeves calls it a "compression of years" as Luther looks back to recall and recounts the process of working through the "pinching", struggle/anxiety/depression/fear/anger/guilt in his soul (The "Anfechtungen") , to the "tower experience" and prayerful study of the books of Romans and Galatians.

Analysis of the 95 theses.  It was very interesting to me that he had already written earlier (just one month earlier in Sept. of 1517) another document of 97 theses on theological issues ("The Disputation Against Scholasticism").  I didn't know that before.

Dr. Ryan Reeves has a lot of lectures on church history and historical theology, including early church, Medieval, Reformation, and Modern church history.    (at his YouTube channel)

1 comment:

Carl Vehse said...

Maybe the quincentennial celebration of the Reformation can start a month earlier with the 97 Theses of Martin Luther's "Disputatio contra Scholasticum Theologiam” (The Disputation Against Scholasticism) in D. Martin Luthers Kritische Gesammtausabe, Band 1, ed. Hermann Bohlau, (Weimar, 1883), 224-8.

A translation of Luther's 97 Theses of September, 1517, is given in Luther's Works, 31, 9-16. The English translation of the theses can also be found in "What God Ordains: The Impact of Late Medieval Nominalism on the Theology of Martin Luther" (Joshua M. Zarling, Senior Thesis, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, March 15, 2013, pp. 46-51).