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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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100 1 |aBrendler, Gerhard.
240 10|aMartin Luther.|lEnglish.|f1991
245 10|aMartin Luther :|btheology and revolution /|cGerhard Brendler ; translated by Claude R. Foster, Jr.
260 |aNew York :|bOxford University Press,|c1991.
300 |a383 p., [36] p. of plates :|bill., ports. ;|c24 cm.
500 |a"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.
504 |aBibliography: p. [377].
505 0 |aChild, youth, student, monk, and priest 1483-1512 -- Teacher of Holy Scriptures : the quest for the foundations of faith 1513-1516 -- Faith versus scholasticism 1516-1517 -- "From a Pure Love for Truth" : with faith against the deceivers of the people October 1517-March 1518 -- "I Will be Branded a Heretic" : faith versus hierarchical authority April 1518-January 1519 -- "Each City Should Have Its Own Bishop" : the Leipzig debate and the new concept of the nature of the church 1519 -- With the nobility against Rome : the Reformation program of 1520 -- "Here I Stand" : Luther before the emperor and empire, worms 1521 -- At the Wartburg May 1521-March 1522 -- Bible, congregation, and civil authority : Reformation without riot and rebellion March 1522-February 1523 -- With word and faith against the rebellious spirit : "There Must of Necessity Be Sects and Factions...but Avoid Violence" March 1523-August 1524 -- With the civil authority against riot : the victory of class instinct over the good intentions of faith Fall 1524-Spring 1525 -- "The Word Abides" : marriage and the eucharist controversy Summer 1525-Fall 1529 -- The preaching of law : for law and order in society and church 1526-1537 -- "I Will Be Sustained; They Will Perish" 1537-1546.
520 |aThroughout 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.
534 |aTranslation of:|tMartin Luther : Theologie und Revolution.|cBerlin : Deutscher Verlag der Wissenschaften, c1983.
600 10|aLuther, Martin,|d1483-1546
600 10|aLuther, Martin,|d1483-1546|xPolitical and social views.
600 10|aMünzer, Thomas,|dapproximately 1490-1525.
650 0|aReformation|zGermany
650 0|aHistorical materialism
650 0|aReformation|zGermany|vBiography.
650 0|aPeasants' War, 1524-1525
651 0|aGermany|xChurch history|y16th century
651 0|aGermany|xSocial conditions|y16th century.
700 1 |aFoster, Claude R.
730 02|aMartin Luther.|lEnglish.|f1991.

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