Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 7
The major thrust of the book is to put to rest the idea that inherent in Luther’s theology was a latent element that would allow for the rise of fascism in in the middle of the last century. Common beliefs indicate that Luther was a prophet of authoritarian government. Five scholars discuss connections between Luther and the development of the modern state in Germany.
Luther and the Modern State: Introduction to a Neuralgic Theme
James D. Tracy
The Reformation and The Rise of the Early Modern State
Luther and the State: The Reformer's Teaching in its Social Setting
Thomas A. Brady, Jr.
Luther and the State: Post-Reformation Ramifications
Eric W. Gritsch
The Reformation and the Rise of the Territorial State
"Workers of the world unite- for God's sake!": Recent Luther Scholarship in the German Democratic Republic
Brent O. Peterson
Taken as a whole, the essays edited by Tracy exemplify how sober political and intellectual history serve each other well and help to uproot old clichés about Luther’s impact.
—Scott Hendrix, Catholic Historical Review
This collection should find a wide audience; the essays are of uniform high quality and deal with a topic of great interest.
—Patrick Hayden-Roy, The Lutheran Quarterly