The Freedom of a Christian

The Freedom of a Christian Perhaps no work of Martin Luther s so captures the revolutionary zeal and theological boldness of his vision as The Freedom of a Christian This translation of Luther s treatise brings alive the social

  • Title: The Freedom of a Christian
  • Author: Martin Luther Mark D. Tranvik
  • ISBN: 9780800663117
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • Perhaps no work of Martin Luther s so captures the revolutionary zeal and theological boldness of his vision as The Freedom of a Christian This translation of Luther s treatise brings alive the social, historical, and ecclesial context of Luther s treatise.

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    • Martin Luther Mark D. Tranvik

      Martin Luther was a German monk, theologian, university professor and church reformer whose ideas inspired the Protestant Reformation and changed the course of Western civilization.Luther s theology challenged the authority of the papacy by holding that the Bible is the only infallible source of religious authority and that all baptized Christians under Jesus are a spiritual priesthood According to Luther, salvation was a free gift of God, received only by true repentance and faith in Jesus as the Messiah, a faith given by God and unmediated by the church.Luther s confrontation with Charles V at the Diet of Worms over freedom of conscience in 1521 and his refusal to submit to the authority of the Emperor resulted in his being declared an outlaw of the state as he had been excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church Because of the perceived unity of the medieval Church with the secular rulers of western Europe, the widespread acceptance of Luther s doctrines and popular vindication of his thinking on individual liberties were both phenomenal and unprecedented.His translation of the Bible into the vernacular, making it accessible to ordinary people, had a tremendous political impact on the church and on German culture It furthered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation, and influenced the translation of the English King James Bible His hymns inspired the development of congregational singing within Christianity His marriage to Katharina von Bora set a model for the practice of clerical marriage within Protestantism.Much scholarly debate has concentrated on Luther s writings about the Jews His statements that Jews homes should be destroyed, their synagogues burned, money confiscated and liberty curtailed were revived and used in propaganda by the Nazis in 1933 45 As a result of this and his revolutionary theological views, his legacy remains controversial.

    240 thoughts on “The Freedom of a Christian

    • I give it a 3.5 but rounded up on the stars. Luther contends that by putting assurance of salvation on works the Christian is contradicting the work of Christ and the promises of God. Nonetheless, Luther’s conviction is that this freedom does not exclude Christians from works but rather should be the compelling reason to serve God and one another. How would my life look different if I were to live more truly out of a place of freedom? I was especially struck by the weight of Luther’s thought [...]

    • Straight to the source. It seems that most reformed theologians bend over backwards to avoid admitting that works have anything do to at all with the Christian walk, while the more ancient and liturgical faiths do the same in regards to anything that has the slightest smack of antinomianism. Luther's treatise here on Faith Alone is the most concise summary and explanation of the doctrine, and it does well to rightfully comment on the necessity of works without relegating them to the dustbin of R [...]

    • In 1520, three years after posting his famous theses, Luther was still a monk in the Catholic Church. It was then that he wrote this short manifesto regarding the nature of the freedom of a Christian. In it he elucidates some of the principles that would become the foundation of the Protestant Reformation. He opens with a discussion of "man's twofold nature" of the inner spiritual nature or the soul and the outer bodily nature of the flesh. These two natures are in conflict for it is the inner n [...]

    • this text is so repetitive that it demands a drinking game. take a shot every time luther says faith is more important than works and you'll get wasted in no time.

    • I worshipped at a Lutheran church for almost four years and yet never read this. I’m glad I finally did, even though I am no longer a Lutheran. It really helped me to better understand the doctrine of “justification by faith and not by works,” and I appreciated the distinction Luther was careful to make between works and a *belief in* works and his insistence that ceremonies and rituals, though not salvific, are of immense value: “Hence in the Christian life ceremonies are to be no other [...]

    • I find Luther doing an excellent job in short and clear terms explain with biblical justification his view of justification by faith. He was accused ignoring the importance of good deeds for a Christian. But I think it becomes clear in this book that he is not ignoring them at all, he is, to his mind, putting them in their rightful place, namely as the consequence for living after one has been accepted by God through faith in Christ. I think this, if anything, is a more noble view of good deeds, [...]

    • An excellent short introduction to Luther. His thesis here concerns a sacred mystery: “A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to every one.” In pursuing this paradox, Luther distinguishes true Christianity from lax liberalism on the one hand, and the oppressive dogmatism of Catholicism on the other. Carrying out this argument, of course, he promotes with characteristic boldness his vision of justifica [...]

    • Read it online. Concise and excellent. Fuel for freedom and peace over sin, anxiety, and defeatism.www2u/faculty/jmanis/m~luth[Must paste this in browser to work]A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to every one.Although these statements appear contradictory, yet, when they are found to agree together, they will make excellently for my purpose. They are both the statements of Paul himself, who says, "Th [...]

    • Martin Luther, in writing to Pope Leo X, expounds upon some theological doctrines that were so thoroughgoing in comparison to what was theretofore exegetically discussed, is it any marvel that Luther was tried at the Diet of Worms and planned to be subsequently found guilty and captured (praise God he escaped!)? In his short treatise, Concerning Christian Liberty, Luther defines the Christian life; viz the Christian is a free-man, subject to no one, and also, a slave, subject and a servant of al [...]

    • "For the Christian freeman will speak thus: I will fast, I will pray, I will do this or that which is commanded me by men, not as having any need of these things for justification or salvation, but that I may thus comply with the will of the Pope, of the bishop, of such a community or such a magistrate, or of my neighbour as an example to him; for this cause I will do and suffer all things, just as Christ did and suffered much more for me, though He needed not at all to do so on His own account, [...]

    • This little booklet was written by Luther while he still was an Augustinian friar (in essence, a monk), to Pope Leo X, to whose discipline he was subject. Luther tends to think in terms of dualistic paradoxes. This tract contains perhaps his most famous paradox, the claim that the Christian is both "a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none" and "a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all."For Luther, the essential religious question was how we can be "justified", that is, set right [...]

    • CPH has once again provided a delightful and insightful resource and designed it in an approprite manner, by providing a easily manageable reading plan during the season of Lent. "Christian Freedom" has long been available from Luther's Works. But this little booklet is different. It not only presents one of the pinical works of Dr. Luther, but combines it with some of his later sermons and the writing of Philip Mclanchthon. This little tome becomes an inspiring and thought provoking book, so ap [...]

    • Wishing I had read this for the 10 series at UCLA while majoring in English, Luther's manifesto would have really put so much of the required readings into much needed context. Of course, hindsight is golden, and so is this text. If you love English and German literature or appreciate Dutch and Flemish paintings from the Baroque period, or have a keen interest in Western History, then what are you waiting for? Grab this deceptively simple text and dive into what set the Christian world on fire.

    • This book is nearly 500 years old. The history of Martin Luther himself makes it very interesting, but beyond that, it is still so relevant to the Church today. It amazes me how little the Church has changed after all these years and reformations. Luther describes problems he identified in the Catholic church, which I see in Protestant churches, Christians, and (especially) Christian leaders today. Still, works are over-emphasized and faith is not taught enough.

    • A fantastic treatise that really helped me to go back to one of the most central beliefs of Christianity, namely justification by faith. Even early in his career as a reformer, Luther had comprehensively thought through the profound depths of this truth. Part 2 "The Freedom of Faith" was very galvanizing for me as a Christian. We would all do well to return to the heroes of the Protestant faith to drink deeply of the wells they dug. Highly recommended.

    • For a thinker of such theological depth that he might have single-handedly shaped the Protestant paradigm of the modern world, Luther is a very accessible writer in this little volume. He endeavors to come up with examples and illustrations that make deep Truth readily apparent, and he is surprisingly deft with the "soundbite".

    • Martin Luther seems to take a long and wide approach to say that the church doesn't have the authority to say who goes to hell and who is saved, while it was simpler than that. No one nor any script stated this authority, on the contrary there are plenty of scripts form the bible which say the opposite, and the author seem totally to miss!

    • Here Luther shares with us how to live as a Christian, inside and out. I have been looking for something this wonderful and clear to help guide me after I was recently baptized and it is a valuable read from many perspectives: historically it is a letter to Pope Leo X. I recommend it to everyone as an uplifting perspective on human purpose and living a meaningful life.

    • This is a wonderful little book which can be an immense benefit and encouragement to our Christian lives!

    • Short and sweet book on the freedom from law and works for our justification and instead resting in the freedom of Christ's perfect righteousness that is credited to us.

    • Luther at his best. Impassioned and reasoned. Oddly, his tone towards the Pope seems a bit out of step with his earlier works of this same year (1520). He is quite cordial towards Leo X in this work, but quite harsh towards him and the church in general in “Address to the German Nobility” which was published right before this treatise. Luther beautifully explains the gospel, and more specifically, justification by faith alone. He explains the atonement “the great exchange” in terms of Ch [...]

    • Short, sweet, and to the point. That is how I would describe Martin Luther's "On Christian Liberty." This is a classic significant work from the theologian that started the Protestant Reformation. Luther clearly sums up the Christian faith and gives an appeal to how we should live as Christians. Some of the significant points were: How we are saved by grace through faith, not works, and how we as Christians should live for our neighbor and Christ instead of ourselves. Another point comes from th [...]

    • The first part of this book is a letter from Luther to Pope Leo. While Luther has a well-earned reputation for being a bit acerbic, especially towards the Pope/Papacy, this letter shows him at his respectful best. He demonstrates courtesy and respect towards Leo while hoping to shed light on the corruption all around Rome. In the rest of the book, Luther puts to rest any concern that the doctrine of justification by faith alone would lead to antinomianism. He first clearly puts forth the truth t [...]

    • I wasn't expecting such an accurate theology by Martin Luther. He acknowledges that good works are the fruit of the tree of faith, which resolves the disagreement between Luther and Rome. His criticism of Rome is fair in light of the historical reality but it is naiive or utopian in its expectation that it might be otherwise: the full spectrum of human fragility and fraility exists in us individually and corporately. The assurance of justification is weakened by the fragility of belief, whereas [...]

    • Free In Christ!Martin Luther's classic teaching on what the Bible means when it says we are set free by Jesus Christ. It is a short read for such a significant and near timeless truth. The language of the edition I read is getting a bit dated which kept it from being as smooth an experience as it could have been, but it was certainly worth it. In this work we also get Martin Luther's perspective on the conflict he was having with the Roman church in the years between 1517-1520, which is an inter [...]

    • This is a pretty clear, enjoyable-to-read explanation of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Luther is careful to answer an objection you hear frequently even today -- the point of the doctrine isn't that you can behave as a reprobate and it's OK as long as you believe in Jesus. It's that if you are a believer you will do good works out of your desire to please God, and it's your belief that justifies you. Contrariwise, if you do not believe, the works are meaningless and will not just [...]

    • This was a short read, but an absolute treasure. I was so absorbed in the way the sentences flowed together that the time flew by without notice.I made a bunch of highlights from this book, especially concerning a Christian's duty to care for their neighbor. This is hardly talked about these days, but people like Calvin and Luther emphasized it greatly. I am definitely interested in reading more of their works now.

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