Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Martin Luther. Learning for Life

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Martin Luther. Learning for Life

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Martin Luther. Learning for Life. By Marilyn J. Harran [Concordia Scholarship Today.] (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House. 1997. Pp. 288. $16.99 paperback.)

This is a very useful book, well researched and succinctly written. The author is a professor of religion at Chapman University, Orange, California, with well established credentials as a Luther scholar (focus on his "conversion"). This book presents a detailed study of Luther's academic and spiritual formation, concluding with Luther's view of education as the principal means of Christian witness in a complex world.

The first four chapters present Luther's own detailed experiences of learning from elementary education to the doctorate in biblical studies; the last three chapters present an assessment of Luther's "success" in changing medieval and sixteenth-century education. The "introduction" addresses the question of "Luther and Education in the Age of Internet"; and the "conclusion" offers a summary of what Luther viewed as "learning for life.

What makes the book very useful is its clear compilation and critical assessment of the complex evidence on the young Luther in primary and secondary sources. …

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