Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World

When Martin Luther published his 95 Theses in October 1517, he had no intention of starting a revolution But very quickly his criticism of indulgences became a rejection of the papacy and the Catholic Church emphasizing the Bible as the sole authority for Christian faith, radicalizing a continent, fracturing the Holy Roman Empire, and dividing Western civilization in waysWhen Martin Luther published his 95 Theses in October 1517, he had no intention of starting a revolution But very quickly his criticism of indulgences became a rejection of the papacy and the Catholic Church emphasizing the Bible as the sole authority for Christian faith, radicalizing a continent, fracturing the Holy Roman Empire, and dividing Western civilization in ways Luther a deeply devout professor and spiritually anxious Augustinian friar could have never foreseen, nor would he have ever endorsed From Germany to England, Luther s ideas inspired spontaneous but sustained uprisings and insurrections against civic and religious leaders alike, pitted Catholics against Protestants, and because the Reformation movement extended far beyond the man who inspired it, Protestants against Protestants The ensuing disruptions prompted responses that gave shape to the modern world, and the unintended and unanticipated consequences of the Reformation continue to influence the very communities, religions, and beliefs that surround us today.How Luther inadvertently fractured the Catholic Church and reconfigured Western civilization is at the heart of renowned historian Brad Gregory s Rebel in the Ranks While recasting the portrait of Luther as a deliberate revolutionary, Gregory describes the cultural, political, and intellectual trends that informed him and helped give rise to the Reformation, which led to conflicting interpretations of the Bible, as well as the rise of competing churches, political conflicts, and social upheavals across Europe Over the next five hundred years, as Gregory s account shows, these conflicts eventually contributed to further epochal changes from the Enlightenment and self determination to moral relativism, modern capitalism, and consumerism, and in a cruel twist to Luther s legacy, the freedom of every man and woman to practice no religion at all With the scholarship of a world class historian and the keen eye of a biographer, Gregory offers readers an in depth portrait of Martin Luther, a reluctant rebel in the ranks, and a detailed examination of the Reformation to explain how the events that transpired five centuries ago still resonate and influence us today.
Rebel in the Ranks Martin Luther the Reformation and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World When Martin Luther published his Theses in October he had no intention of starting a revolution But very quickly his criticism of indulgences became a rejection of the papacy and the Catholic

  • Title: Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World
  • Author: Brad S. Gregory
  • ISBN: 9780062471208
  • Page: 452
  • Format: ebook
  • 1 thought on “Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World”

    1. When I've summarized, connected the dots and reflected upon the significance of the reformation from other histories, the specific aspects that Gregory focused upon in "Rebel in the Ranks" are what has stood most out to me as most interesting. Luther set a precedent by rebellion against certain traditions and church authorities based upon the higher authority of scripture. But the huge problem that "scripture alone" brought forth was the proliferation of biblical interpretation of scripture whic [...]

    2. I received this book through a giveaway. This is not a birth to death comprehensive biography of Martin Luther. Neither is this a brief history of the Reformation to a point in historical time. Rather Brad Gregory uses the impact of Martin Luther amid already growing anti-Catholic sentiment to chart the unforeseen effects of the Reformation. Indeed, the effects of the Reformation, Gregory argues, led to the rise of secularism and robust capitalism and even to the divided aims which we face as a [...]

    3. October 31, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. On that date in 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted a document calling for academic debate on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg, Saxony. The posting of this document — titled, Disputation on the Power of Indulgences, or more popularly Ninety-five Theses — inaugurated the process whereby Luther broke with the Roman Catholic Church, the end results of which are still felt today. [...]

    4. It was pretty good at providing a rather simplistic overview of the Protestant Reformation. I can’t really remember the middle part because it dragged on.Until the end when Gregory ties global warming back to the reformation. I would have stopped reading but I only had two and a half pages to go at that point.

    5. A concise, clear overview of the Reformation from Luther to the present. Makes the same basic arguments from Gregory's Unintended Reformation, but speaks chronologically to a broader audience.

    6. October 31, 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's publication of the Ninety-Five Theses (whether or not on the door of Wittenberg Castle is a matter of debate). That act has been understood to have been the match that lit the Protestant Reformation, though it's doubtful that Luther thought he was doing anything of the kind. An anniversary of this magnitude, of course, requires a flurry of publications dealing with the matter at hand. Many a book on Luther and the Reformation have [...]

    7. "But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." -Thomas JeffersonThis book is an excellent way to not only learn a quick but concise overview of the life and ideas of Martin Luther, but also to see how truly novel his ideas were and how they transformed the world into the way we know it today.An excellent point author Brad S. Gregory brings up throughout the book is how religion in the 16th century was, by modern [...]

    8. This book starts with an examination of the factors leading to Luther's criticism of the practices of the Catholic Church that started the Reformation and moves forward from there. The Reformation gave rise to a lot of different interpretations of the Word and lots of different Christian churches but it also immediately changed the relationship between religion and government and spawned many wars for "more than religion" throughout Europe. The Reformation and the ideas of religion and freedom o [...]

    9. Gregory attributes the birth of Modernism to Luther and the Reformation. The advent of the doctrine of sola scriptura , spawned a theological relativism, the loss of authority and a kind of interpretative anarchy. Gregory fails to note whether the breakdown was already emerging prior to Luther, and how “Christian” the culture of the late medieval period was “on the ground”. As Carl Trueman in his review notes: “narratives like that offered by Gregory, which blame the reformers for the [...]

    10. Really fascinating history of the Protestant Reformation. Gregory focuses on Luther, then zooms out to all of 16th-17th century Europe, and concludes by tracing the modern-day impact of The Reformation. A lot of detail - with a smidgen of editorializing - that makes this a must-read for anyone interested in the events and impact of Luther's 95 Theses.

    11. I'm still waiting to read a Martin Luther bio that I like from beginning to endd I'm still looking for the reason to revere Martin Luther (since everyone seems to praise him endlessly). To me his theology was shallow, his intellect limited, his personality undesirable. Then again, maybe he was just human, like the rest of us.

    12. I was excited about his book. It will be a great edition to my classroom library. My seniors always need books to help with their research projects.

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