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True Faith in the True God: An Introduction to Luther's Life and Thought, Revised and Expanded Edition
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True Faith in the True God: An Introduction to Luther's Life and Thought, Revised and Expanded Edition


Fortress Press 2015

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Most biographers of Martin Luther are faced with a choice—focus on Luther’s life or focus on his thought. The choice, though real, is false. Luther’s thought was inextricably bound up with his life. In this short, engaging volume, Hans Schwarz succeeds in blending the two—creating a volume that introduces Luther’s thought in the context of his life story.

True Faith in the True God meets the need for a clear and concise introduction to Luther’s life and teachings. After a brief overview of his life, the book examines Luther’s thoughts on key areas of the Christian faith and life, including the knowledge of God, church and sacraments, the Scriptures, marriage and parenthood, and vocation. Schwarz incorporates quotations from Luther’s own writings to show how Luther’s insights have relevance for all Christians today. With questions for reflection and discussion, this book can be used as a study resource for individuals, church groups, or college and seminary classes.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Fore more resources on Luther check out Henry Cole’s Select Works of Martin Luther.

Key Features

  • Offers a concise introduction to Luther
  • Covers both Luther’s life and thought
  • Includes questions for reflection and discussion


  • Luther’s Life and Work
  • True Knowledge of God
  • Faith and Reason
  • The Divinity of God
  • Humanity between God and Satan
  • The Ordering Activity of God (The Two Kingdoms)
  • Scripture Alone
  • Law and Gospel
  • Church and Sacraments
  • Love, Marriage, and Parenthood
  • Vocation
  • The Impact on Education
  • Luther and the Economy
  • Luther and Music

Praise for the Print Edition

At once both accessible and substantial, True Faith in the True God is an engaging presentation of key aspects of Luther’s theology with an eye toward how it is that the Reformer’s evangelical teaching continues to instruct and challenge in the twenty-first century. Schwarz is conversant with contemporary Luther scholarship and he has distilled it in a format that will be helpful to students, pastors, and laity interested in deepening their understanding of Martin Luther.

—John T. Pless, Concordia Theological Seminary

Who else but Hans Schwarz could give us such a thorough and readable combination of Luther’s story and his teaching? He is able to cover all relevant subjects in a way that will interest a wide variety of readers—from those that are just beginning theology to those who are working on degrees. . . . It takes a great theologian and historian like Schwarz to bring Luther’s whole life and teaching into focus this way. This book will be treasured for years because of this accomplishment, and so we are grateful that it has arrived in our time.

Steven Paulson, associate professor of systematic theology, Luther Seminary

When someone asks me, ‘what can I read to learn more about Luther’s theology?’ My answer is always the same: ‘Read True Faith in the True God by Hans Schwarz.’ It’s the most accessible and readable introduction to Luther that I know. Schwarz’s encyclopedic knowledge of Luther is readily apparent. He shares his love for and knowledge of Luther in a way that preserves all of Luther’s complexity while remaining readable. Schwarz is a master teacher!

—David Ratke, professor, Lenoir-Rhyne University

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About Hans Schwarz

Hans Schwarz is the emeritus professor of systematic theology at the University of Regensburg in Germany. From 1967 to 1981 he was professor at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He has presented more than 600 lectures on five continents and is the author of more than 30 books, including The Human Being: A Theological Anthropology and The Christian Faith: A Creedal Account.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition