Sources for Further Study
Bainton, Roland H. Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. New York: Abingdon Press, 1950. Popular history, superbly done, without sacrificing scholarship or precision.
Forell, George W. Faith Active in Love. Minneapolis, Minn.: Augsburg, 1954. A thorough and balanced exploration of the principles underlying Luther’s social ethics.
Jüngel, Eberhard. The Freedom of a Christian: Luther’s Significance for Contemporary Theology. Translated by Roy A. Harrisville. Minneapolis, Minn.: Augsburg, 1988. A fresh look at Luther as he speaks to modern Christians. Bibliography.
Luther, Martin. Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings. Edited by Timothy F. Lull. 1989. 2d ed. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress, 2005. The Freedom of a Christian is included among the writings. Includes a brief biography, glossary, bibliographic references, illustrations, and a fully searchable CD-ROM.
Marius, Richard. Martin Luther: The Christian Between God and Death. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000. Covers Luther from his flight to the monastery through his breakthrough work The Freedom of a Christian to his attack on Desiderius Erasmus. Bibliography, index.
Rupp, Ernest Gordon. Luther’s Progress to the Diet of Worms, 1521. New York: Harper & Row, 1951. A vivid account of Luther’s development in the critical years leading to his break from the Catholic Church.
Spitz, Lewis W. The Protestant Reformation, 1517-1559. New York: Harper & Row, 1985. An outstanding, well-written assessment of the Protestant Reformation and Luther’s crucial role in its development.