Other available formats:
Looking for an examination copy?
If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact email@example.com providing details of the course you are teaching.
Martin Luther - monk, priest, intellectual, or revolutionary - has been a controversial figure since the sixteenth century. Most studies of Luther stress his personality, his ideas, and his ambitions as a church reformer. In this book, Christopher Ocker brings a new perspective to this topic, arguing that the different ways people thought about Luther mattered far more than who he really was. Providing an accessible, highly contextual, and non-partisan introduction, Ocker says that religious conflict itself served as the engine of religious change. He shows that the Luther affair had a complex political anatomy which extended far beyond the borders of Germany, making the debate an international one from the very start. His study links the Reformation to pluralism within western religion and to the coexistence of religions and secularism in today's world. Luther, Conflict, and Christendom includes a detailed chronological chart.Read more
- Poses an alternative to biographies that stress Luther's personal qualities and effects
- Treats Germany in depth but also probes the long-term effects of the Reformation
- Links the Reformation to religious pluralism and the coexistence of religions with various forms of secularism in today's world
Reviews & endorsements
'This is no partisan book. Readers will find themselves surprised by, and disabused of, common assumptions about the Reformation being primarily theological or populist.' P. E. Blosser, ChoiceSee more reviews
'The grand total of events, persons, writings, places, and ideas that Ocker surveys is astounding. And yet, amidst the copious details and the range of materials, the book does not leave one bewildered. Ocker manages to narrate a compelling and readable account of the controversy about Luther from Wittenberg in the early 16th century to South America in the 21st.' Jarrett A. Carty, Reading Religion
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- Date Published: August 2018
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107197688
- length: 536 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 160 x 32 mm
- weight: 0.89kg
- contains: 13 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. The birth of an unconcluded controversy
2. Calming the rebel masses
3. The political anatomy of the Luther affair
4. Rebel princes and religious wars
6. Three orthodoxies
7. Many Martins
Epilogue. The global-historical Luther
Appendix: a table chronicling four processes that mark the parameters of the religious controversy over Luther to 1564.
Sorry, this resource is locked