Preface to the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans

by Martin Luther

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Martin Luther’s Preface to the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans summarizes the core belief of the Reformation: justification by faith in Christ. The relatively short document can even serve as an introduction to the Reformation movement as a whole, as it uniquely and succinctly lays out some of its characteristic ideas. As well as covering the relationship between faith and good works, Luther addresses the nature of sanctification in general and the conflict between the spirit and the flesh. The Preface to the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans is a quick and rewarding read, serving as a gateway text to the Reformation and the theology of Martin Luther.

Kathleen O’Bannon
CCEL Staff
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Martin Luther
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia
Born: November 10, 1483, Eisleben, Germany
Died: March 18, 1546, Eisleben, Germany
Related topics: Biography, Catholic Church, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Early works, Germany
Basic information: (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German monk, priest, professor of theology and iconic figure of the Protestant Reformation. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517.
Popular works: Table Talk, Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians, Assorted Sermons By Martin Luther, De Servo Arbitrio “On the Enslaved Will” or The Bondage of Will, First Principles of the Reformation or the Ninety-five Theses and the Three Primary Works