Martin Luther was The Man. Regardless of whether you are Protestant or Catholic or Orthodox, Lutheran or Reformed, Calvinist or Arminian, man or woman, (or whatever!) everyone must admit that Luther was a force to be reckoned with. He was the “renaissance man” of the 16th century church. None other than John Calvin deferentially referred to him as “the Apostle.” He led a reform movement to bring the European church of his day back to purity of faith, righteousness, holiness. He wrote volumes of theology, debated scholars, taught at a university, translated the Bible into German, wrote music, catechisms, liturgies, preached sermons, revolutionized marriage and family life in Germany, defied Church and Empire by standing by his principles and on Scripture, lived with a price on his head, and drank enough beer to enjoy it all.
Mark Noll, in his church history book Turning Points, does a fine job of getting at the important ideas and movements that preceded and followed the Diet of Worms in 1521. Martin Luther lived a very full life amid turbulent changing times, and the turning point was his civil-ecclesiastical trial where he put his life in God’s hands when he famously said of God’s Word, “Here I Stand, I can do no other, so help me God!”
See below for a few articles on Martin Luther and a slideshow that highlights some of the key points in Luther’s life and thought.
Martin Luther: The Accidental Revolutionary. In his quest for spiritual peace, Luther had no idea he’d leave his world in turmoil.
Martin Luther’s “Evangelical” Breakthrough: When, where, and how did Luther make his astounding discovery of justification by faith?
What Martin Luther Said: When Martin Luther stood up for his ideas at the Diet of Worms, did he really say, “Here I stand”?