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Theologia Germanica by Martin Luther
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Theologia Germanica

by Martin Luther, Franckforter (Author), Martin Luther (Editor)

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Series: Classics of Western Spirituality

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The Theologia Germanica of Martin Luther is a treatise translated from German to English by Susanna Winkworth was which was believed to have been written in the mid 14th century by an anonymous author. In 1516 Martin Luther discovered and published this work by an anonymous fourteenth-century German author who focuses on the “divine life,” which is directed or guided by the “true light” of God. Theologia Germanica proposes that God and man can be wholly united by following a path of perfection, as exemplified by the life of Christ, renouncing sin and selfishness, ultimately allowing God’s will to replace human will. The book influenced Martin Luther who published editions in 1516 and 1518, before his full break with the Catholic faith.

Although unknown, the author is thought to have been a member of a pious cult known as the Friends of God. Distinguished for their belief in the presence of God’s spirit in all Christians, laity and clergy alike, this secret association carefully observed all the precepts of the church. Their chief doctrines consisted of self-renunciation–the complete submission of self-will to the will of God–and the continuous activity of God in all believers. They further maintained a conviction in the possibility of an intimate union between God and humans and denied the value of religions based on fear or the hope of reward. The Theologia Germanica of Martin Luther offers an abundance of insightful spiritual advice, written in simply language and relevant to all Christian denominations. This edition also features an informative historical introduction by Susanna Winkworth.

Martin Luther said “Next to the Bible and St. Augustine, no book has ever come into my hands from which I have learnt more of God and Christ, and man and all things that are.” So for those interested in further study of Luther and the writings that played a great part in forming his theology this would be a good read.
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Martin Lutherprimary authorall editionscalculated
FranckforterAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Luther, MartinEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoffman, Bengt RunoTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hagglund, BengtPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Written around 1350 by an anonymous author, this is a simple yet profound book about life in God as it translates into life in the world. This translation was based on the Reformer's [Martin Luther] edition of 1518."

Martin Luther is not the author of this work. This translation is based upon the edition of this anonymous work that Luther helped publish and that is why he is listed as a person of primary responsibility for the Paulist Press edition of Theologica Germanica. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theologia_Germanica.

Martin Luther is the author of "Theologia Germanica". In the Paulist Press edition, this work was translated by Bengt Hoffman.

Actually, NO. Luther had it printed but it was written in the 14th cetury, and the author is not known. See http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theologi...
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This is a simple yet very profound book about life in God as it translates into life in the world. It was written around 1350 by an anonymous author. This translation has been entitled The Theologia Germanica of Martin Luther since it is based on the Reformer's edition of 1518. Luther wrote: "next to the Bible and St. Augustine, no other book has come to my attention from which I have learned-and desired to learn-more concerning God, Christ, man and what all things are." Bengt Hoffman in his Foreword says, "Luther's kinship with this book and with Johann Tauler, as well as with some other mystics of the late Middle Ages, suggests a union in the Body of Christ, transcending ecclesial boundaries, through sapientia experimentalis, the heart's knowledge of Christ's presence here and now."

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