Monday, February 18, 2013

7 Free Martin Luther Books on the 467th Anniversary of His Death

Martin Luther

Today is the 467th anniversary of Martin Luther's going to be with the Lord. To celebrate, my friends over at Deep Roots Library are giving away seven of his most popular books as a free download. Below you will find a brief biography of Luther that was put together by the guys at Deep Roots as well as a list of the free books. 

Brief Biography

Martin Luther was a German monk, priest, professor of theology and seminal figure of the Protestant Reformation. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God’s punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor.
Luther taught that salvation is not earned by good deeds but received only as a free gift of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin. His theology challenged the authority of the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. Those who identify with Luther’s teachings are called Lutherans.
His translation of the Bible into the vernacular (instead of Latin) made it more accessible, causing a tremendous impact on the church and on German culture. It fostered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation, and influenced the translation into English of the King James Bible. His hymns influenced the development of singing in churches. His marriage to Katharina von Bora set a model for the practice of clerical marriage, allowing Protestant priests to marry.
Free Book Downloads:
  • Christian Liberty
  • First Principles
  • Good Works
  • Larger Catechism
  • Smaller Catechism
  • Preface to Romans
  • The Bondage of the Will
I'd like to thank the Luke Wilson at Deep Roots Library for putting this together and for the free books. Make sure you go to their original post to see instructions on how to receive your free downloads and share it with others by using this link or by sharing this post.

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