Volume one contains selections from two of Martin Luther’s prefaces to his works, the editor’s explanation of the background and history of each treatise, and the English translation itself. In these writings, Luther expounds on a variety of topics, including his famous 95 Theses. Other topics include his treatise on good works—which contains his transformational idea of justification by faith alone—and his writings on baptism, confession, the New Testament, and the Roman Papacy.
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“I would gladly have seen all my books forgotten and destroyed; if only for the reason that I am afraid of the example.2 For I see what benefit it has brought to the churches, that men have begun to collect many books and great libraries, outside and alongside of the Holy Scriptures; and have begun especially to scramble together, without any distinction, all sorts of ‘Fathers,’ ‘Councils,’ and ‘Doctors.’ Not only has good time been wasted, and the study of the Scriptures neglected; but the pure understanding of the divine Word is lost, until at last the Bible has come to lie forgotten in the dust under the bench.” (Page 7)
“penalties other than those which he has imposed either by his” (Page 30)
“Therefore in this Holy Sacrament we must have regard to three things—the sign, the significance thereof, and the faith” (Page 56)
“Augustine, who is one of the first, and almost the only one of them to subject himself to the Holy Scriptures alone” (Page 9)
“since sins are forgiven only to those who are baptised, i. e., to those whose sins God has promised to forgive” (Page 65)