Luther on the Christian Life (2)

Luther on Chr Life -TruemanWith Justin Smidstra’s permission, I re-post his recent review of a book I have mentioned here as well: Carl Trueman’s new title, Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom (Crossway, 2015).

Justin plans to do a chapter-by-chapter review of the book, so look for more to come here as well as on the Young Calvinists blog. This post is his comments on chapter two of Trueman’s book.

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In the second chapter of Luther on the Christian Life Truman explains Luther’s important theological development at the Heidelberg Disputation. This disputation took place early in Luther’s career as a reformer. The significance of this event lies in the fact that it gives us a glimpse of Luther’s thought as it was in the process of maturing. Much of the theology of the Reformation can be found here in seed form in Luther’s Heidelberg theses. To help us understand this event, Truman provides a little historical background. In April of 1517 Luther was given opportunity to present his theology at a convention of the Augustinian order held at Heidelberg. Luther’s presentation was carried out in the form of a disputation. The disputation was a common method employed in the middle ages to address questions of theology and philosophy. In this format a number of theses were defended and an opponent…

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Chain, Chest, Curse: Combating Book Theft in Medieval Times

You will appreciate this fascinating post about how libraries battled book theft in the Middle Ages. I am glad we no longer have to resort to such measures! 🙂


Do you leave your e-reader or iPad on the table in Starbucks when you are called to pick up your cup of Joe? You’re probably not inclined to do this, because the object in question might be stolen. The medieval reader would nod his head approvingly, because book theft happened in his day too. In medieval times, however, the loss was much greater, given that the average price of a book – when purchased by an individual or community – was much higher. In fact, a more appropriate question would be whether you would leave the keys in the ignition of your car with the engine running when you enter Starbucks to order a coffee. Fortunately, the medieval reader had various strategies to combat book theft. Some of these appear a bit over the top to our modern eyes, while others seem not effective at all.

The least subtle but most effective way to keep your books safe…

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