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Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet (original: 2016; edição: 2017)

de Lyndal Roper (Autor)

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On October 31, 1517, so the story goes, a shy monk named Martin Luther nailed a piece of paper to the door of the Castle Church in the university town of Wittenberg. The ideas contained in these Ninety-five Theses, which boldly challenged the Catholic Church, spread like wildfire. Within two months, they were known all over Germany. So powerful were Martin Luther's broadsides against papal authority that they polarized a continent and tore apart the very foundation of Western Christendom. But who was the man behind the Ninety-five Theses? Lyndal Roper's biography goes beyond Luther's theology to investigate the inner life of the religious reformer who has been called "the last medieval man and the first modern one." Here is a portrait of a revolutionary thinker who was, at his core, deeply flawed and full of contradictions. Luther was a brilliant writer whose biblical translations had a lasting impact on the German language. Yet he was also a strident fundamentalist whose scathing rhetorical attacks threatened to alienate those he might persuade. He had a colorful, even impish personality, and when he left the monastery to get married ("to spite the Devil," he explained), he wooed and wed an ex-nun. But he had an ugly side too. When German peasants rose up against the nobility, Luther urged the aristocracy to slaughter them. He was a ferocious anti-Semite and a virulent misogynist, even as he argued for liberated human sexuality within marriage. By bringing us closer than ever to the man himself, Roper opens up a new vision of the Reformation and the world it created and draws a fully three-dimensional portrait of its founder.… (mais)
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Título:Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet
Autores:Lyndal Roper (Autor)
Informação:Random House (2017), 576 pages
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Sehr interessante Biografie. Man merkt, dass Luther kein Mann der Neuzeit ist. Seine Sprache, seine Feindschaften, sein Antisemismus sind dem Mittelalter entsprungen. Und dennoch hat er für die Neuzeit den Weg gebahnt. ( )
  Wassilissa | Jul 5, 2021 |
Roper's biography of Luther was one of the books I relied most heavily on in researching _The Magic Battery_. It shows the development of Luther's ideas and the motives for his break with the Catholic church. At the same time, it presents many details of what it was like to live in the Holy Roman Empire in the 16th century. Luther was a complex person. He attacked the corrupt practices of the Catholic Church of his time, yet he wrote an anti-Judaic tirade that was worthy of a Nazi. The book gave me a much clearer understanding of what the Lurheran Reformation was all about and what it set into motion. ( )
  GaryMcGath | Jun 16, 2020 |
I don’t need to add any comments, I think that two reviews here are well done and capture my thinking. Particularly the review by meandmybooks which is very well done.

However, even though I wanted to learn about Luther and the origin of the reformarion, I really don’t care to know about Luther’s hemorrhoids, and other skatological issues the author covers. ( )
  xieouyang | May 1, 2020 |
It's a complete coincidence that I finished this on Reformation Day, as I'm neither Lutheran nor a huge Luther fan girl (and rather less a fan after reading this), but there it is. Luther was an authoritarian and a bully, and he could be a spiteful, crude, vicious hypocrite, spewing hate at Catholics, Jews, and fellow Evangelicals who failed to accept his doctrines as “gospel,” but there's no denying the lasting significance of the religious reform movement that he so powerfully and effectively put in motion. And it seems plausible that putting reform in motion required a passionate, stubborn, even a pig-headed man.

Lyndal Roper's long research has produced a detailed, nuanced study of her complex and often contradictory subject. While I found his misogyny, social conservatism, and antisemitism repugnant, his religious insights and convictions, hard won and deeply considered, offered an emphasis that was sorely needed at the time. Roper only brushes on one of Luther's contributions which I value very highly indeed – his emphasis on hymns and congregational singing – but she spends more time on another that I think he “nails” – his insistence (in contrast and in conflict with Zwingli's followers) on the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

It seemed to me that Roper did a fine job of balancing her presentation, providing a rich but not overwhelming level of detail about Luther's family and cultural background, personal history, political context, and religious controversies, and not going overboard with ideas about his “psychological” motivations. I finished this with a far better appreciation of Luther's contributions to the Reformation, both positive and negative, and to the doctrines of Anglicanism, my branch of the church, than I began with, and enjoyed Roper's ability to create an engaging study of her prickly and combative subject. ( )
1 vote meandmybooks | Oct 31, 2017 |
his is not a book for the casual reader or one who is not familiar with the Reformation or Germanic history.

The author does a very good job of presenting Luther in a neutral light. His ability to attract a following and argue his theology are presented along side his intolerance of alternative opinions and beliefs. The inner turmoil that drove his struggling faith is clearly described,and his angst to be precise and accurate in belief and teaching is also palpable. These are the strong points of this book.

For the lay person, the emphasis on theology is a bit challenging. I struggled to maintain interest in the background of the hierarchy and the constant battleground that was the state of things at the time of the Reformation. The characters, including Luther, were often portrayed as almost petty in their inability to listen to and attempt to relate to the interpretations of each other. I found myself incapable of caring about some of the intricate historic and theological details.

The author did significant research and is quite complete in painting a picture of the life and times of Luther and his contemporaries. I found it almost too exhaustive for my personal interest, but would certainly recommend this book to serious students of both the historic and theological era of the Reformation.

I thank the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this title. ( )
  c.archer | Jun 24, 2017 |
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On October 31, 1517, so the story goes, a shy monk named Martin Luther nailed a piece of paper to the door of the Castle Church in the university town of Wittenberg. The ideas contained in these Ninety-five Theses, which boldly challenged the Catholic Church, spread like wildfire. Within two months, they were known all over Germany. So powerful were Martin Luther's broadsides against papal authority that they polarized a continent and tore apart the very foundation of Western Christendom. But who was the man behind the Ninety-five Theses? Lyndal Roper's biography goes beyond Luther's theology to investigate the inner life of the religious reformer who has been called "the last medieval man and the first modern one." Here is a portrait of a revolutionary thinker who was, at his core, deeply flawed and full of contradictions. Luther was a brilliant writer whose biblical translations had a lasting impact on the German language. Yet he was also a strident fundamentalist whose scathing rhetorical attacks threatened to alienate those he might persuade. He had a colorful, even impish personality, and when he left the monastery to get married ("to spite the Devil," he explained), he wooed and wed an ex-nun. But he had an ugly side too. When German peasants rose up against the nobility, Luther urged the aristocracy to slaughter them. He was a ferocious anti-Semite and a virulent misogynist, even as he argued for liberated human sexuality within marriage. By bringing us closer than ever to the man himself, Roper opens up a new vision of the Reformation and the world it created and draws a fully three-dimensional portrait of its founder.

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