A popular expose of his life and work, based on Protestant historians. Incredible history; fascinating, damning evidence about him that is quite contrary to the popular image. Many quotes from his own mouth. Essential history! 393 pgs, PB...
|Title||:||The Facts About Luther|
|Number of Pages||:||400 Pages|
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The Facts About Luther Reviews
It was refreshing to finally read an accurate biography of Martin Luther. Protestants should really attempt to discover more about their role models before putting them on a pedestal. This book was very revealing as to Martin Luther's real character. Although the author's language was a bit biased, the biography was overall more objective than others I have read. It is heavily and accurately researched. Most of the quotes come from Martin Luther's own writings. This book really puts Luther in his place. Four stars.
Recommended by several learned Catholic friends, this might be the single most historically eye-opening book that I've ever read, especially in combination with reading more on Luther and the history of the Reformation from other sources. It's remarkable just how different scholastic and historic opinion of "the great reformer" is from mainstream modern Protestant perception."The Facts About Luther" is admittedly written by a Catholic scholar - Monsignor Patrick O'Hare, and admittedly, it reveals considerable Catholic bias when O'Hare writes in his own words. However, the vast majority of compelling evidence comes from citations of Luther's work itself or from writings of Protestant historians or contemporaries of Luther. I, personally, am not a historian, and while I note that the book lacks a robust citation system, O'Hare is rarely vague, quite consistent, and repeatedly enforces that his goal is not to attach or slander Luther personally, but rather call into question the authenticity of the man as a reformer - and I believe that he does this well. Additionally, at no point to date have I noticed serious discrepancy between what O'Hare quotes and states and what information I have found elsewhere - pro- or anti-Luther in nature.Matters of secular scholasticism aside, O'Hare presents a bevy of subjects and cases which, spiritually and rationally, are very concerning from any angle. Additionally, O'Hare presents a window into the (all too frequently glossed over) Catholic side of the Reformation, as well as Catholic responses to Luther's (sometimes ridiculous) 95 theses and following works.This was sort of a cohesive baseline for me to understand Luther from a Catholic point of view, and I fully intend to take it further. I would rate this more highly if some of O'Hare's sources were more easily attainable in English or at all.
It is very sobering and sometimes shocking to read this book on Martin Luther, a book that most often cites protestant and contemporary sources for its description of him.We would expect a 'reformer' to be a good example to follow, in words and in deeds. But after this book I can only shake my head when I hear people praise Luther. They probably only know the Luther myth – and not the real Luther.