500 Years Ago Today, Martin Luther Changed History

On October 31, 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther published a manifesto in the form of 95 theses, or complaints, against the Catholic Church. With this single act, he launched the Protestant Reformation, a momentous religious revolution that fundamentally changed the way many Western people felt about their relationship to their god and their society, with consequences that still deeply affect us to this day. To better understand the outcomes--then and now--of this revolutionary act, there are several excellent books published to coincide with this historic occasion.
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October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World by Martin E. Marty

A brief but weighty look at the singular importance of this event. Includes the full text of Luther's 95 theses.
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Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas

Explores the life of Martin Luther, delving into his life and works, as well as the profound impact his ideas had on later conceptions of faith, virtue and freedom.
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A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation by Craig Harline

Introduces readers to the tumultous events from 1517 to 1522, which profoundly shaped Christianity and the Western world from then on.
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Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World by Brad Gregory

A compelling, illuminating and expansive religious history that examines the complicated and unintended legacies of Martin Luther.
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Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind by Michael Massing

A fascinating dual biography and intellectual history of two of the greatest minds of European history and their heated rivalry.
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Brand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation by Andrew Pettegree

"How an unheralded monk turned his small town into a center of publishing, made himself the most famous man in Europe--and started the Protestant Reformation."
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Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World by Alec Ryrie

Luther's Protestant revolution toppled governments, upended social norms and transformed millions of people's relationship with their god. The author introduces us to the people who make up this faith and changed the world with their religion.
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Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650 by Carlos M. N. Eire

Western Civilization's tumultous transition from the Middle Ages to modernity is brought vividly to life, as the author convincingly demonstrates that this crucial turning point in history continues to shape our world and define who we are today.
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