Sproul On Luther And The Reformation

Martin Luther (1483–1546) is one of the most important figures in Western history. He is one of the most important figures in world history but the probabilities are that most Christians, including those of us in the Reformation traditions, who trace our roots to Luther, have heard more about him than they have read about him. One reason for this might be that most Luther books are large and daunting. Not this one. In 2021 Ligonier published a little (approx 9×6) biography of Luther by the late R. C. Sproul. In 10 brief chapters (112 pages) Sproul introduces the reader to Luther, his world, his conversion to the Protestant cause, and to the chief issue of the Reformation: how is a sinner right with a holy God? One of the things I loved about R. C. is that he understood Luther. If you read this little book, you will start to understand Luther too. It is available from Ligonier for $9.60»


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  1. I think I once heard an opinion by Sproul that had Luther lived longer he would have moved closer to the Reformed views of the sacraments, thereby reducing or potentially eliminating most differences between Reformed and Lutheranis. I’m wondering if some of your studies lead to similar conclusions?

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