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The Making of Martin Luther


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Preface ix 1 Wittenberg 1517 1 2 From Erfurt to Wittenberg 22 3 The Catholic Luther 45 4 The Quest for Certainty 69 5 Intimations of Antichrist 96 6 Luther and Eck 108 7 Rome and Wittenberg 135 8 Worms and the Wartburg 159 9 The Beginning and End of Reformation 184 10 The Meaning of Martin Luther 211 Abbreviations 231 Notes 233 Index 271

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Richard Rex is professor of Reformation history at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Queens' College. His books include Tudors: The Illustrated History and Henry VIII and the English Reformation. He lives in Cambridge, England.


Rex's nuanced account of Luther's theology, steeped in deep learning and wry humour, demands attention.---Susannah Monta, Times Literary Supplement
Richard Rex's new book, The Making of Martin Luther, is brilliant in exposing the hair-raising character of his theology.---Melanie McDonagh, The Spectator
Readable, free of jargon, and entertaining. . . . This is a book that teaches. Its value lies in presenting briefly and pointedly what is distinctive about Luther's theological development rather than repeating the partisan caricatures of his thought and role produced by later generations of both his detractors and his followers.---Bradley A. Peterson, Reading Religion
"A remarkable piece of writing that will have an enduring influence. With shrewd and canny insights, powerful prose, and wit, Richard Rex offers a persuasive and provocative tour through the early years of the Reformation."--Bruce Gordon, author of John Calvin's "Institutes of the Christian Religion": A Biography
"One of the most interesting and original studies of Luther that I've read in my career. Combining deep learning and analytical rigor with a wry sense of humor, Rex breaks through the crust of endlessly repeated scholarly narratives and interpretative assumptions that have long been taken for granted. The Making of Martin Luther is an important book."--Brad S. Gregory, author of The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society
A quick read packed with lots of good information, The Making of Martin Luther is a nice jumping-off point for Luther scholarship, whether you're a believer/theologian or a secularist/agnostic/atheist.--Manhattan Book Review
Brilliantly written. . . . A remarkably sympathetic portrait of the Reformer, and . . . possibly the best concise study of Luther's early reforming career that I have read.---Carl R. Trueman, First Things
Rex's brilliantly written biography of Luther goes from the cradle not to the grave but to the immediate aftermath of the Diet of Worms. The thread he sees as giving spiritual and intellectual unity to this period of Luther's life is the quest for certainty. . . . Considering Rex's own passionate Roman Catholicism, this is a remarkably sympathetic portrait of the Reformer, and it is possibly the best concise study of Luther's early reforming career that I have read.---Carl R. Trueman, First Things

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