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Paul W. Robinson

Paul W. Robinson is professor of historical theology and dean of the faculty at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He teaches medieval and Reformation history. His publications include Martin Luther: A Life Reformed (2010) and “Sermons on the Lord’s Prayer and the Rogation Days in the Later Middle Ages” in A History of Prayer (2008).

Book List

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Release date: 
August 1, 2016

Volume 3 of The Annotated Luther series presents five key writings that focus on Martin Luther's understanding of the gospel as it relates to church, sacraments, and worship. Included in the volume are: The Babylonian Captivity of the Church (1520); The German Mass and Order of the Liturgy (1526); That These Words of Christ, "This is my Body," etc., Still Stand Firm Against the Fanatics (1527); Concerning Rebaptism (1528), and On the Councils and the Church (1539).

Release date: 
June 15, 2016

In his The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, Martin Luther set forth a reconsideration of the sacramental Christian life that centered on the word. His thesis is that the papacy had distorted the sacraments with its own traditions and regulations, transforming them into a system of control and coercion.