By Kristian Baudler
"Martin Luther's PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS — In an Age of recent fable" demanding situations today’s renowned delusion that Martin Luther was once a contented ecumenist, a Roman Catholic at center who having disrupted church harmony for purposes of excellent religion, was once however eagerly looking a course domestic to Rome. pissed off with the sluggish speed of obvious church team spirit, a few Lutheran ecclesiasts have busied themselves in recent times with making a extra ecumenically pleasant Luther — via actually rewriting background! the result's a portrait of a reformer who truthfully by no means lived and a Reformation that by no means happened. simply by unique 16th century documents—some by no means prior to translated into English — Baudler makes the robust case that the image of Martin Luther and his function within the Reformation being taught in American faculties, church buildings, and seminaries this day is essentially fictional, bearing virtually no resemblance to the particular guy of historical past. via elimination layers of mythology utilized to Luther in contemporary a long time to make him extra episcopally palatable, the writer unearths a strong portrait of a reformer who boldly emphasised the easy religion of the laity over the pro clericalism of his day in usually stunning, funny, and irreverent methods. This ebook demanding situations historians and theologians of all denominations, either expert and armchair, to re-examine what Luther's Reformation capability for the church in our time.