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Martin Luther : theology and revolution /

Gerhard Brendler ; translated by Claude R. Foster, Jr.

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Main Author: Brendler, Gerhard.
Other Names: Foster, Claude R.
Published: New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
Topics: Reformation - Germany | Historical materialism | Reformation - Germany - Biography. | Peasants' War, 1524-1525 | Luther, Martin, 1483-1546 | Luther, Martin, 1483-1546 - Political and social views. | Münzer, Thomas, approximately 1490-1525.
Regions: Germany - Church history - 16th century | Germany - Social conditions - 16th century.
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Uniform Title: Martin Luther. English. 1991
Physical Description: 383 p., [36] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Includes: Bibliography: p. [377].
ISBN: 0195051122 :
Summary: Throughout history, the Marxist historians of East Germany have condemned Martin Luther as a reactionary and counter-revolutionary, a lackey of the aristocracy who sold out the peasants and helped pave the way for bourgeois capitalism. In this new intellectual biography, Brendler challenges the earlier interpretation, arguing that Luther's reformation of theology was essential to the subsequent social revolution. His appraisal signifies a fundamental shift in Marxist historiography, not merely because it rehabilitates Luther, but because it assigns a positive role in the development of constructive social change to the Christian faith and theology. A new translation of a 1983 East German book, Martin Luther represents an important change in the official attitude towards religion in general.
Notes: "This book was written in the German Democratic Republic for the citizens of that republic. ... The reason for the writing of this book was to attempt to clarify my own personal relationship with Luther. The motive was patriotism. The aim was to appeal for tolerance and a strengthening of the awareness that we in the German Democratic Republic are erecting a socialist society not in a vacuum but in a baptized country"--pref.

More Details for: Martin Luther : theology and revolution