What study of the Lutheran Reformation would start any other place than knowing something about the man himself, Martin Luther? He was, in his own right, the most influential man of his century and very complex compared to the average person. Reviled by some, greatly esteemed by others. Recently I was reading an older book on Luther’s writings from the period of the 1510 to Dec 1520 titled Reformation Writings of Martin Luther, Vol. 1, by Herman Lee Woolf, where I quote from page 13 : “The outstanding quality in Lutheran Reformation was his honesty. He was stubbornly honest, with himself in the first instance, and then with the facts he studied; this honesty is of the essence of scientific method. He combined it with a great intelligence, a highly trained mind, and a power of swift decision. His honesty and intelligence together go far to explain his very special, personal piety. The exhaustive character of his long period of religious doubt was due to this kind of honesty in a deeply religious man; his power of decision, and the firmness of his step as he followed each new gleam of light, showed , his attachment to the truth. His combination of insight, honesty, and forthrightness, was precisely the instrument needed to cut through the thickets which obscured the religious landscape, where far too many institutions, activities, traditions, and ideas, were masquerading as genuine heirs of the Christian faith.“
This copper plate picture of Martin Luther can be found in Statdtkirche St. Michael, Jenna
Your Reformation Walk
Author: Gene White
This 106 page book provides information on Christianity from our early church fathers, through the Reformation period, to the present day. Included are a chronology and the Geo-political activities which were so much a part of the church until the last two centuries. More information is available in the flyer. Suitable for Sunday mornings, multiple Saturdays (two 3-hours sessions or weekday evenings (three 2-hour sessions) or a Reformation Seminar. Click here for information regarding ordering and pricing can be found in the flyer.
Note: The book is now being reorganized into downloadable chapters that can be downloaded for free. Please be aware that some chapters will be in excess of 12 megabytes due the graphic content. It is expected that some chapters will be available by the end of June, with the rest following in early July.
A free download of the Preface and Index contained in Your Reformation Walk can be downloaded for free from the website by Clicking here.
A free download of the Chronology of the Reformation contained in Your Reformation Walk can be downloaded for free from the website by clicking here.
A free download of Facts About the 95 Thesis or The Disputation Against Indulgences by Dr. Richard Bucher can be downloaded for free from the website by clicking here.
Author: Rev. Richard A. Bolland (Emeritus)
Reformation history is available in two parts, which can be downloaded for free by clicking the links below.
Reformation History During the Time
Version 3.0 is a 3- hour presentation focusing on the Reformation period using examples of two Lucas Cranach Altarpieces. The first altarpiece examined is known as the Weimar Altarpiece located in the City Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (Stadtkirche) in Weimar, Germany. This altarpiece exemplifies the changes made to religious art resulting from Lutheran Reformation influences and depicts Bible scenes and people accordingly. A serious change from Catholic styles.
The main subject, known as The Triptych, is the Altarpiece located in St. Mary City Church, Wittenberg, Germany. This altarpiece is absolutely unique among religious art examples because it is not primarily about Biblical stories. It is all about art depicting the new Lutheran theology concerning Word and Sacraments. Each panel is explained in context with the other panels and the theological content for each panel is presented verbally and visually. These panels have not been well studied by Lutheran interests or art historians, resulting in this presentation being the most complete compilation available.
This presentation can be used for self-study, Bible classes, or a gathering of some type where a Lutheran educational topic would be appropriate. It could be especially useful for teaching doctrine where English is not the primary language or to young adults and youth who prefer visual means for teaching. Specifically, it is a visual exposition of Word and Sacrament as found in Luther’s Small Catechism and the Augsburg Confession. A tailored version for pastors to use as part of their catechism instruction can also be made available. Included in the CD is a readme file explaining how to use the material in the two different settings, multiple classes or in one setting. Click here for a pdf of the read me file.
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How Art Teaches Theology – Part II
This is a 1 to 2 hour presentation based on two additional pieces of art located in St. Mary City Church, Whittenberg, Germany. The two paintings surveyed are titled The Adoration of the Shepherds (The Nativity), and In the Vineyard of the Lord, both by Lucas Cranach the Younger.
The first example deals with the Lutheran view of the birth of Christ and the annunciation to the shepherds by the angel. The second example is Lutheran theology “in a nutshell” depicted by Roman Catholic theology and practice contrasted with Lutheran theology and practice, as each side toils in the vineyard of the Lord.
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The Freedom of a Christian
Author: Dr. Martin Luther