Thursday, November 09, 2006

Martin Luther: a Catholic Appraisal (Index Page for Dave Armstrong)

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[For those who wrongly think I am some sort of "Luther-hater" or "Luther-basher", beyond disagreeing with his theology, and can never praise or agree with him: in many of the papers below (well beyond a score by now: see the appropriate sections below), I defend Luther (as well as, by the way, John Calvin) against myths and bum raps, cite him in agreement, or take a fairly neutral stance towards his opinion. I wrote in a paper dated March 2000: "I (like many Catholics) do admire him in certain ways. I like his passion and boldness and apparent sincerity and good intentions (though thoroughly deluded and wrongheaded). He had a great devotion to the Virgin Mary and to the Eucharist." And in February 2001, I posted on the Catholic Convert Message Board: "I have never maintained that Luther was 'evil' or essentially a 'bad' man, nor have I ever denied his good intentions . . . No one can find those sentiments on my website."]

For more of my opinion on Martin Luther, see the Introduction to my book, Martin Luther: Catholic Critical Analysis and Praise. A full third of that book is devoted to areas where Catholics and Luther substantially agree.


MYTH-SMASHING AND DEBUNKING PROTESTANT HISTORICAL BIAS







WHY LUTHER SEPARATED FROM THE CHURCH












LUTHER'S VIEW OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HEADED BY THE POPE, AND OF TRADITION









 





LUTHER'S ARBITRARY CLAIMS TO ECCLESIASTICAL AUTHORITY













LUTHER'S DISGUST AND AGONY OVER PROTESTANT SECTARIANISM AND MORAL LAXITY











Martin Luther Candidly Admits in 1532: "I . . . am More Slack than I Was Under the Papacy . . . Nowadays there Hardly is Such Earnestness Under the Gospel as One Used to See Previously Under the Monks and Priests"



ERASMUS-LUTHER CONTROVERSY (REASON VS. RELENTLESS RHETORIC AND INSULTS)


Luther Meets His Match, Part I: Correspondence Between and Concerning Erasmus and Luther: 1517 to 1534

Luther Meets His Match, Part II: Luther's Relentless, Slanderous Insults of Erasmus in Bondage of the Will and Table-Talk


Luther Meets His Match: Part III: Erasmus' Hyperaspistes (1526): Luther's Extreme Dogmatism (To Disagree With Luther is to be Damned)


Luther Meets His Match: Part IV: Erasmus' Hyperaspistes (1526): The Rebellious and Anti-Traditional Elements of Luther's Revolt


Luther Meets His Match: Part V: Erasmus' Hyperaspistes (1526): Excoriation of Luther's Ubiquitous Personal Insults and Calumnies


Luther Meets His Match: Part VI: Erasmus' Hyperaspistes (1526): Sola Scriptura and Perspicuity (Total Clarity) of Scripture Critiqued


Luther Meets His Match: Part VII: Erasmus' Hyperaspistes (1526): Luther's Dissembling, Hypocrisy, Arrogance, Inflammatory Rhetoric, Etc.



SOTERIOLOGY (THEOLOGY OF SALVATION AND JUSTIFICATION) / SOLA FIDE
















CHRISTOLOGY





SACRAMENTALISM: BAPTISM AND THE EUCHARIST, ETC.
 









Quiz on Early Protestant Disharmony Regarding Eucharistic Beliefs

Martin Luther and His Lutheran Followers on the Duration of the Real Presence in the Eucharist, the Elevation, and Adoration; Various Internal Absurdities of Arbitrariness (Bishop Bossuet)


PURGATORY, PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD, AND THE SAINTS
 





SOLA SCRIPTURA


THE BIBLICAL CANON







LUTHER AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY










Martin Luther and the “Immaculate Purification” of Mary [article for Seton Magazine, 6 May 2014]

Discussion of My Luther Marian Research in a Lutheran Blog Combox  / One Citation Mistake from 1994 (With Clarification and Retraction)



PEASANTS' REVOLT AND CAPITAL PUNISHMENT / TOLERATION ISSUES








 


Was Luther Primarily Responsible For Hitler?



LUTHER'S COARSE LANGUAGE AND SANCTION OF VULGAR ART







LUTHER ON MARRIAGE, POLYGAMY, CONCUBINAGE, BIGAMY, SEXUALITY IN GENERAL, AND WOMEN











LUTHER'S CLINICAL DEPRESSION AND NEUROSES (?)





MISCELLANEOUS AND GENERAL












DEFENSES OF MARTIN LUTHER AGAINST "ANTI-LUTHER" BUM RAPS


"One other thing I should point out in Dave's defense. He has, if I recall correctly, previously responded to some of the most extreme anti-Lutheran garbage out there. So, while he's clearly on the other side of the Tiber from Luther, one should not conclude that his errors in scholarship are somehow solely the result of malice and ill-will toward Luther."
(Anti-Catholic Calvinist "Turretinfan," 3-1-10, on a Lutheran blog)










AGREEMENTS WITH, AND COMMENDATIONS OF LUTHER / FAIRLY NEUTRAL STANCE TOWARDS HIM























CONTROVERSIES CONCERNING MY LUTHER RESEARCH

Challenged by Lutherans Regarding Three Luther Quotes on Mary: Read the Facts and Decide for Yourself How it Turned Out













MARTIN LUTHER: PRIMARY AND SECONDARY WORKS AND BIOGRAPHIES ONLINE



Resources: Martin Luther (exhibits some anti-Catholic bias -- especially against my own Luther research -- , but a comprehensive bibliographic resource for locating online Lutheriana)

Six-Volume Philadelphia Edition of Luther's Works

Luther (Hartmann Grisar, S. J., 1914-1917) [Volumes One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six]

Luther on the Eve of His Revolt (M.J. Lagrange, O. P., 1917)


Here I Stand (Roland H. Bainton [Protestant], 1950)

Life of Luther (Julius Koestlin [Lutheran], 1881)

The History of the Variations of the Protestant Churches, Jacques Bénigne Bossuet [Catholic]

The History of the Life and Acts of Luther (+ Volume Two) (Philip Melanchthon, 1548; translated by T. Frazel, 1995)

Luther's Works: Several Volumes Are Able to be Searched on Google / Additional Searchable Luther and Related Writings

Links to Additional Luther-Related Writings





Last Updated: 26 July 2014.





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4 comments:

Sophia's Lover said...

Dave or anyone else, which is the sermon that Luther preached in which he tells his congregation that if the devil tells them they are worthless, they are to respond, ''I know that I deserve Hell; what of it''? I saw this depicted in the movie ''Luther'', thought it was a fine homily, and would love to read the actual text (assuming the sermon actually exists, of course).

Thanks.

Ben M said...

The statement of Luther you are refering to appears in a letter to Jerome Weller, July 1530.

“When the Devil attacks and torments us, we must completely set aside the whole Decalogue. When the devil throws our sins up to us and declares that we deserve death and hell, we ought to speak thus: "I admit that I deserve death and hell. What of it?”

Luther: Letters of Spiritual Counsel, Theodore G. Tappert, ed., p. 86.

Sophia's Lover said...

Thank you so much, Ben M.

-Pito

Ben M said...

Hi Pito,

You're welcome ... and sorry for the delayed response).

Now below is Luther’s German from the St. Louis (SL) edition of his Works. The SL is a revision of the earlier Walch edition.

Here's how the letter is introduced:

No. 1649. (Feste Colburg.) (July ? 1530).

"An Hieronymus Weller in Wittenberg" "To Jerome Weller in Wittenberg."

“Luther tröstet ihn wiederum wegen seiner schwermuth” (“Luther consoles him again for his depression”).

Luther's German:

“Wir müssen ganz und gar das ganze Gesetz (decalogus) aus den augen und herzen setzen, wir, sage ich, welche der Teufel so angreift und quält. Wenn nun der Teufel uns einmal unsere Sünden vorhält und uns des Todes und der Hölle schuldig macht, dann müssen wir so sagen: Ich gestehe zwar, daß ich des Todes und der Hölle schuldig sei; was folgt nun weiter daraus?”

In Dr. Martin Luthers Sämmtliche Schriften, Volume 21, Part 1, Johann Georg Walch, St. Louis, 1903, cols. 1532-1535.

Note that Google gives a not too mangled translation (after I had transcribed the old German of course!). But good to see machine translations are getting better, though they are still not quite ready for primetime!).