1: 'Angel of the Lord' or 'Damned Heretic': Martin Luther in the Trends of the Times 2: on His Way: Luther's Life to 1519 3: The Formation of the Theologian: The Medieval Roots of Luther's Thought 4: In Via Wittenbergensis: Luther Develops His Hermeneutic 5: The Emergence of the Reformer: Luther's Decisive Turn to Reform 6: Fast Bound in Satan's Chains I Lay: Luther's View of the Fallen Human Creature 7: Christ Jesus Holds the Field Victorious: Luther's Understanding of the Person of Christ, the Atonement, and Justification 8: One Little Word Can Slay Him: God's Power and Presence in the Oral, Written, and Sacramental Forms of His Word 9: Lambs Listening to their Shepherd: Christ's Church and its Struggles 10: Faith Active in Love: Christian Living on the Foundation of Virtue and Vocation Conclusion
Robert Kolb (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1973) served as director of the Center for Reformation Research, Saint Louis USA (1972-1977) and subsequently taught at Concordia College, Saint Paul (1977-1993) and Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis (1993-present). He served as Associate Editor and Co-editor of The Sixteenth Century Journal (1973-1997). Since 1993 he is a member of the Continuation Committee of the International Congress on Luther Research. He is the author of fifteen books and nearly one hundred articles, for the most part on Reformation history.
a compact, useful aid and refresher for students and
specialists...an excellent companion text to the standard
introductory theological surveys of Luther's thought...a manageable
and rewarding read. * Gregory Graybill. The Journal of Theological
It is high time that we returned to the authentic Luther. Luckily for us, Kolb has taken on the task. His splendid book is far more than the convenient introduction to Lutheran theology that it purports to be... Thinking Luther's thoughts was a nuanced, detailed business. The great virtue of Kolb's book is that it takes us step-by-step, through the tortuous process. As an exploration of a troubled, fecund mind Kolb's study deserves the highest praise... [an] outrageously accomplished book. * Johnathan Wright, Catholic Herald *
Books about Martin Luther abound, but good ones such as this do not ... Kolb pours a career of studying Reformation themes ... into this small book ... this volume offers a splendid overview of Luther for all those interested in Reformation thought. * Timothy J. Wengert, Journal of Ecclesiastical History *