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Martin Luther was a German Catholic priest who, in the 16th century, led what came to be known as the Protestant Reformation, questioning long-held truths and practices of the Catholic Church and finding himself excommunicated as a result. This, his third major work, details his beliefs on freedom and servitude, stating, "A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all." With ardent vigor, Eric Brooks delivers this seminal work of the Protestant Reformation.

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Martin Luther was a German priest and professor of theology who initiated the Protestant Reformation. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment of sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor.

Luther taught that salvation is not earned by good deeds but received only as a free gift of God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin. His theology challenged the authority of the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. Those who identify with Luther's teachings are called Lutherans.

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  • rainy
  • 17-04-15

Enjoy the wit as well as his intellect.

If you could sum up Concerning Christian Liberty in three words, what would they be?

The old is still the new.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Concerning Christian Liberty?

Lucifer himself could not add to the sinful nature of "quote" the church.

Which character – as performed by Eric Brooks – was your favorite?

Martin Luther

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Think

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To those who would want a deeper understanding of today's answers, can find it within the wisdom of this man.

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  • Tamika May
  • 03-03-15

LOVED!

There is so MUCH truth here! He uses the Word of God as his defense in this letter.

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  • Karen
  • 21-03-18

Outstanding!

The biblical teaching of justification by faith alone shines clear and bright in this little book of Luther’s!


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  • B. Grierson
  • 05-08-15

Good

Reading Luther, as good as he can be, can be a bit dry at times. Thankfully, the narrator has an engaging voice that keeps you listening to this very important theological work.

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  • Kirk McQuillan
  • 01-05-21

Words that will literally save your soul

The content is excellent! For Luther correctly teaches the Word of God and the true Christian Faith revealed in the Bible, which alone can save your soul. Luther masterfully distinquishes and applies God's law and gospel rightly. This will help you understand the Bible as it's meant to be understood, which will amaze and comfort you with God's love in Christ and then empower you to live the Christian life of love, not because you have to but because you want to! It is a journey in the richness of the Gospel of Christ and pure joy! The English translation is a bit archaic, but can be charming, especially if you're a history buff. The reader has a British accent and does a great job. Overall a pure treat and a blessing and gift beyond words! It should be trumpeted from the rooftops everywhere for all to hear and rejoice in! Add to this Luther's Large Catechism and you will understand the Christian Faith even better and be blessed beyond measure!

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  • Dave
  • 22-04-21

Foundational to the Protestant Faiths

Earth shattering in it's time, this is now a work that ought be basic knowledge to any Protestant. Very well narrated.

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  • lps562
  • 07-05-20

Must read

Luther’s words are just as relevant for Christians today as they were 500 years ago. It is incredible to consider the impact they made in 1520 as well, when the concepts of Christianity had lain largely dormant for over 1000 years. Individuals heard the wonderful news that they didn’t have to be good enough to please God - they only needed to have faith in Christ and His forgiveness for salvation. Priests weren’t necessary- each Christian was in charge of his own relationship with God. Luther’s letter to the pope at the beginning outlines the abuses of the Catholic Church in 1520.

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  • 11-08-18

A Piece of History

a key pice of insight into the thought process of the reformers. Luther sets a great example of how to approach theologically inaccurate beliefs in love.