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How did one man - a humble monk and Bible professor - spark a religious rebellion that changed the course of history? What made Martin Luther's theology so explosive in 16th-century Europe? How did this late-medieval man launch the Protestant Reformation and help create the modern world? And how should we think of him: hero or heretic, rebel or tormented soul? Find out the answer to these questions and more in this series of 24 engaging lectures.
You'll approach Martin Luther as someone who is so interesting to study precisely because he is so controversial. This is an opportunity to understand why Luther's thinking had such a volatile impact on his and our times and why his life continues to be a subject of vigorous religious and historical debate.
Professor Cary explores in depth Luther's subtle, challenging, and sometimes disturbing theology. After examining the genesis of Luther's great theological breakthrough - the doctrine of justification by faith alone - Professor Cary traces the full evolution of Luther's thought, from his early and frightening concept of justification through self-hatred to his later and equally unsettling notion of unfree will and predestination.
You will gain insight into this inspiring religious thinker who presented the Christian gospel as a message of comfort, joy, and freedom; an exceptional writer who did for German what Dante did for Italian; and a prominent theological and intellectual leader who appealed to ordinary Christians by sharing their most cherished values: marriage and everyday family values.
©2004 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2004 The Great Courses
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By Art on 01-06-15

Great lecture! Excellent overview and review.

if you studying or just surveying the Reformation there's a wealth of information for any level of understanding presented in clear concise easy to follow lecture.

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By Chris on 08-21-13

Loved it!

What did you love best about Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation?

I really loved this audible. Learned so much about christanity and feel like I sat down and learned alot about Martin Luther from someone who knows him well. Never bored and I get bored easy.

What about Professor Phillip Cary’s performance did you like?

Perfomance was great! Very informative and Phillip Cary has alot of emotion involved in the story of Martin Luther. Very good

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Recommend to all - Christians, Lutherans and non believers.

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By Mark on 04-14-15

Top stuff - believe it and you'll have it

This is absolutely first rate, the best of the' great courses' that I have listened to.
Prof Carey has first rate knowledge and delivers it the way that only someone with personal commitment can, yet he manages to remain unbiased and objective.
Lively informative and entertaining I can't reccomend it too highly.
I found it spiritually nourishing as well, for those who are interested in such things.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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