I Stand : A Life Of Martin Luther

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Bainton, Roland H. Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, Nashville: Abingdon, TN. Penguin Group (USA) inc., 1995. Bainton, was a minister, theologian, And Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale Divinity School. He specialized in Reformation history and has written many works on the time period. A few of them were: The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, Women of the Reformation in Germany and Italy, Women of the Reformation in France and England, and Erasmus of Christendom. Here I stand: A Life of Martin Luther. Is a biography of the life of Martin Luther. Bainton’s attempt to present the life of Luther in a single bounded book is very helpful for both the academic reader and the common reader alike. However, some of the wording would be unfamiliar for most to just pick up and read, but basic phraseology is very readable. He very cohesively uses all available resources to present a monolithic picture of Luther’s, emotions, experiences, and the climate of the world around him. Bainton uses quotes in moments of deep discussion and thought, facts to hold the story together, and illustrations to add to the environment of the time. Additional to the well formed writing style, Bainton provides a clear outline of Luther’s life of twists and turns, a listed Chronology of events, and a list of used illustrations depicting certain life experiences and propaganda from the time. Approaching the book first as an experiences, the reader who has limited knowledge
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