The Legacy of Luther: A Book Review

by Robert

So I read The Legacy of Luther from Ligonier ministries. It was available as a free ebook, not sure if it still is.

There’s a number of contributors with a number of focuses, so naturally I appreciated some parts of the book more than others.

Some parts were more scholarly than others. Some early chapters seemed to overrely on secondary sources.

It was readable and enjoyable. However I seem to remember from my rather skimmed read that they glossed over the controversial anti Semitic writing that blighted Luther’s final years and helped to inspire the Nazis, along with his emphasis on obeying the powers that be, even though the Nazis were genocidal (of course, he could never foresee all that).

It’s important that we emphasise the positives in Luther’s legacy in reviving an understanding of God’s gospel of unconditional grace. But we mustn’t whitewash his failings to maintain an evangelistic heart to Jesus’ kinsfolk.

Still, if I was to be defined by my worst writing, I’m sure that wouldn’t be helpful or fair either.

The main thing is that Luther was a sinner saved by the grace of God who was greatly used for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

Soli Deo Gloria! (To God Alone Be The Glory!)