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Catholic Review of: Luther

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Author:  Ken Hensley

  • Average Rating: This item received 5 stars overall.
  • St. Joseph Communications
  • ISBN: 1570585970
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This item received 5 stars overall. (10/05/2009)

Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
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A Former Lutheran Tells the Real Story of the Reformation

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Luther: The Rest of the Story is an excellent presentation about Martin Luther and his theology.  Ken Hensley masterfully explains the events in Luther's life that led to his unprecedented new interpretation of Scripture and the disastrous effects that the dogmas Sola Scriptura and Sola Fidei had on Christianity and the world.

He tells the story of Luther's troubled upbringing and heavy discipline he received from his parents.  Using Luther's own accounts, Hensley shows how the image of God as judge that Luther developed mirrored the image he had of his father.  The theological idea that man is so wretched that he can never be made worthy in the eyes of God stemmed from his inability to please his father.  Hensley also balances this interpretation with the real problems facing the Church 500 years ago.  He tells the disurbing story of how Luther was sent to Rome as a monk.  When he arrived there he found nothing but debauchery among the clergy and was horrified to hear priests blaspheming from the pulpit, a fact which was verified by St. Ignatius Loyola.

After showing some of the reasons Luther abandoned his vows, left the church, and reinterpreted Scripture,  Ken Hensley discusses how Faith Alone destroyed the moral fabric of society and Scripture Alone broke all unity within the Catholic Church and (in just a few years) the Protestant Church too.  As an added bonus he also explains Scripture passages from St. Paul that Luther used to develop his erroneous doctrines.

This talk was originally was part of a three-session seminar and comes on 3 hour-long discs.  Ken Hensley tells a fascinating story and does so from the perspective of a former Lutheran.  His analysis is therefore sympathic, but he shows how Luther's revolt was ultimately disastrous to Christianity and the world.

Eye-opening quotes from Luther's writings and a faithful explanation of the Catholic doctrine of Justification make this CD a must-have.  It's easy to listen to and you'll probably share it with your friends afterwards.

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