October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World

October Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World This volume is small but weighty and a solid addition for all modern Christianity collections Ray Olson Booklist With a foreword by James Martin this classic reader on the Reformation by Martin Mart

  • Title: October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World
  • Author: Martin E. Marty
  • ISBN: 9781612616568
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This volume is small but weighty and a solid addition for all modern Christianity collections Ray Olson, Booklist With a foreword by James Martin, this classic reader on the Reformation by Martin Marty answers the question Why is the Reformation relevant today Most importantly, this book is about how the Reformation impacts us devotionally as Christians of any denom This volume is small but weighty and a solid addition for all modern Christianity collections Ray Olson, Booklist With a foreword by James Martin, this classic reader on the Reformation by Martin Marty answers the question Why is the Reformation relevant today Most importantly, this book is about how the Reformation impacts us devotionally as Christians of any denomination As we move toward the commemoration on October 31, 2017, this is the book you need Accessible for church groups or personal reading, this is not a historical narrative of Reformation events, but an explanation of the issues that led to Luther s posting of the 95 Theses and their implications for the Church and the world As one of the world s preeminent Luther scholars, Martin Marty also explores the concept of repentance as a central theme of the Theses In a foreword, James Martin, SJ, offers context and a shared vision.This year began with the joint ecumenical commemoration in Lund, Sweden, on October 31, 2016, attended by Pope Francis and members of the Lutheran World Federation and other Christian churches Martin Marty explains how this event, and indeed all ecumenical dialogue that has happened over the past few hundred years and will happen in this coming year, represents a change of heart Valuable insight Kathleen Norris

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  • Martin E. Marty

    Martin Emil Marty is an American Lutheran religious scholar who has written extensively on 19th century and 20th century American religion He received a Ph.D from the University of Chicago in 1956, and served as a Lutheran pastor from 1952 to 1962 in the suburbs of Chicago From 1963 to 1998 he taught at the University of Chicago Divinity School, held an endowed chair, and now holds emeritus status.He has served Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota since 1988 as Regent, Board Chair, Interim President in late 2000, and now as Senior Regent He has been a columnist for The Christian Century magazine since 1956 He has authored over 5,000 articles and been conferred with 75 honorary doctorates.

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  • 500 years ago a monk challenged the religious power of the Catholic Church. I am always fascinated how some ideas become doctrine; why do some ideas gain followers while other ideas just fall away? This small book does an excellent job of explaining Luther's 95 Thesis (with an appendix of Luther's 95 Thesis).


  • An excellent book by acclaimed author and historian Martin Marty, this brief but focused work contemplates the history, meaning, challenges and impact of Martin Luther's 95 Theses. It provides a reflection on repentance (a central idea in the theses) and the role it has played, in various expressions, among religions and in the world since Luther. It is poetically written, and Marty elegantly weaves its themes and ideas, making this book as enjoyable as it is thought-provoking. "October 31, 1517 [...]


  • What insight esteemed University of Chicago professor and church historian Martin E. Marty packs into less than 100 pages of text as he considers the events of 500 years ago and the implications for ecumenical dialogue over the past several decades and in the years to come. A wonderfully rich, insightful, helpful resource. Highly recommended.


  • I haven't given a one star review in a long time. Partly why I am doing it is because Dr. Martin Marty really misled people on what this book is about. You ever fall for the 'click bait' article that misleads you into what you are about to read and then after you get halfway through you are like 'why did they put this picture on the cover and why did they name it this?' Well that's what I felt as I read this book. This book took advantage of the fact that it was the 500 year anniversary of the R [...]


  • I thought this book's perspective was unique and valuable. Whereas other books on the topic of the Reformation focus on glorifying Luther and the reforms he sparked, Marty talks in an unbiased way about Luther's influence. He celebrates the unity that has come in recent times between Catholics and Lutherans and focuses on bringing more understanding between these two branches of Christianity. While this book honors what Luther stood for, it primarily gets to the heart of Luther's main exhortatio [...]


  • Martin Luther was a German professor of theology, composer, priest and monk. On October 31, 1517, Luther promulgated his 95 Theses. Martin Marty, a renown writer of Christian history gives us an amazing, detailed recounting of the day that changed the world. Most of us reading this book had perhaps thirty minute lecture on this topic back in This book brings that lecture to life in eleven chapters. I highly recommend it for those closely examining the split off from Christianity.


  • Bleh. About a chapter on Luther and a few on Catholic-Lutheran ecumenism in recent decades. Reads like a weekend lecture converted to a book, with the 95 theses tacked on to push the book to 100 pages to justify publishing.


  • Repetitive and dull. The actual content of the book has little to do with the title. I was looking for a brief history of Luther, but what I got was a discussion of Lutheran and Catholic reconciliation.



  • As we remember the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, many questions come to mind. What caused the split in Western Christendom 500 years ago? How did this "family quarrel" get far worse in the following centuries, and what has led to a phenomenal improvement in Roman Catholic-Lutheran relations since Vatican II? What areas of agreement do Lutherans and Roman Catholics hold in common -- and where does more work need to be done?Dr. Marty, in this small but powerful book, reviews all [...]


  • The book wasn't what I expected. It took the idea of repentance and hit everyone on how we have done a poor job doing it in the past and how the ecumenical movement is doing it now. It even questioned its own title suggesting that this wasn't a day that changed the world and maybe Luther was a little crazy. I didn't give it one star because it did have some decent material even if it didn't fit what it was selling by the cover.


  • Marty is a good writer, enjoyable to read. It's an attractive little volume as well. But I found no spiritual kinship with him as he attempted to use Luther and specifically a supposed fidelity to the first of his famous 95 Theses as a basis for a call to reconciliation of Catholics and Protestants. While I certainly do not believe the 95 Theses were written by the great reformer (they were written rather by a troubled but devoted Catholic monk), his legacy as a reformer is a recovery of the Gos [...]


  • The forward and first few chapters were stimulating and insightful, but the rest was dense and seemed aimed at theologians rather than lay readers. still, with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaching, this slim book (more of a long essay) provided some interesting background on the impact of Luther's actions in 1517 and how he, without intending to, changed the world.


  • I like Martin Marty a lot and I read his earlier biography of Martin Luther . I was expecting this to be a similar historical account. It wasn't. Martin Luther's nailing the 95 theses to the door, is a reference point for discussing ecumenical dialogue between Protestants and Catholics 500 years later. Still some helpful and insightful stuff here, Marty offers good analysis; however if you are expecting church history this book offers only a superficial analysis on the original event (except for [...]


  • I was really hoping this would be a piece written about The Day of the Theses, but it's not. I even read the other reviews that said it wasn't about the day! But I forged ahead anyways, excited about this Lutheran anniversary. He's my man! He's the guy who made a list of complaints (I love lists!) and angrily nailed it on the door of his dumbass neighbors. And got people talking about it! And CHANGED how people interacted with God. And reinvigorated their relationship with God. This is a loose c [...]


  • As other reviewers have noted, this is not a book about Luther, the story behind the 95 Theses, or the Reformation. This is really a book about the rifts between Catholics and Lutherans. It's pretty good and I would not have picked it up if it were accurately titled The Doctrine of Repentance as a Stumbling Bock in Ecumenicism. But it was interesting, especially about how what seem to be arcane and esoteric sticking points of doctrine trickle down to practitioners. It can also be read in a singl [...]


  • I was expecting a more historical/biographical look at Luther and the events of the time surrounding the posting of the 95 Theses. This is more a theology study. Also focused a lot on the modern Christian church and moves toward reconciliation now 500 years after the start of the Reformation. It got a little heavy at times.Liked the writing style and I'm sure Reformation scholars and theologians can get a lot out of it. It just wasn't what I was expecting.


  • An unimpassioned lecture and a half-hearted review. I was extremely disappointed by this book. It did not address much of the actual history of the date in the title. It addressed, ironically, the more obscure consequences of The Reformation. At first, I felt the book may be written to staunch Lutherans and Catholics as opposed to a casual reader looking into that background of this year's quincentenary, but as I read on to the end, it appeared more clearly that perhaps the author under valued t [...]


  • My church is reading this book this fall to start a conversation about the 500th anniversary. About a third of our parishioners are former Catholics. This book is a slog. I was somewhat interested in the Catholic/Protestant issues, but I had to try to read it twice to get through it and it's not very long.


  • Worth a read in this year that is the 500th anniversary of Luther and his 95 Theses. The primary theme is repentance -- and how Luther's view compares with the thinking of modern Lutherans and Catholics. The book includes a complete copy of the 95 Theses.


  • Terrible. Basically an apologetic for ecumenicalism between Catholics and Lutherans under the guise of “repentance.” The Catholics have never repented and any Lutherans who accept the Joint Declaration of 1999 need to repent, for the preach a false gospel.





  • EcumenicalismEssentially, this is a call for reformed Christians to repent of the Reformation. Martin Luther would have some choice words for Mr. Marty


  • Your reaction to this book will depend to a vast degree on whether you are interested in historical event that happened on or about October 31, 1517 or if you are interested in the Lutheran-Catholic interaction and dialogue that followed it. If you wanted a concise history of the event of Luther nailing the 95 theses to the door in Wittenberg you will find little in this book. If you are looking for a mediation on concept of repentance as it pertains to church unity, you will likely find this in [...]


  • A 90-page book that I couldn't finish. Not actually about October 31, 1517; doesn't delve into Luther's actions or thoughts beyond a surface level that will be familiar to anyone 1) raised Protestant, or 2) with a modicum of historical awareness. After some vague background to Luther's writing and posting of the Theses, Marty departs into an extended meditation on repentance that is at first relevant to Luther's Theses, but then, somehow, becomes a meditation on Lutheran-Catholic ecumenical dial [...]


  • An enjoyable quick read. It's actually less about the sixteenth century and more about the twentieth and twenty-first, with a major focus on the "repentance" (a key word in the text) from both Lutheran and Catholic sides that have led to the recent dialogue between these denominations. It felt like an abridged version, however, and I wonder if Marty might have written a better book if it were three times as long.


  • Informative but I never liked Martin Marty. I think he has retained some bad theology. He's relying on man's sinful mind to figure out God's wonderful Grace. He can't keep it simple! He uses Martin Luther's 95 theses to tweak modern Ecumenical councils . He needs to leave interpretation to the truly faithful Lutherans and not over think the true Word of God!


  • Misleading titleMarty is using the Anniversary of the posting of the 95 thesis to argue for repentance over the disunity of the church and a renewed commitment to ecumenism. He never quite gets around to exploring the profound ways that event changed the world in anything more than a superficial fashion.


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