Mark Tranvik's The Freedom Of A Christian

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Mark Tranvik does an amazing job in translating Martin Luther's treatise: The Freedom of a Christian, where Luther contrasts countless religious components - the body (the inner person) and soul (the other person), and faith and works, - these subjects Luther's uses as an attempt to strengthen and return the Christian faith to its true origin. He argues that works have no effect in obtaining righteousness or salvation, instead it is a natural product of humanity. Instead, acknowledging that salvation is and righteousness is solely attainable through faith, which is the only true way humans can reconcile with God. For all rulers, nobles, Roman Catholic officials - all Christians alike- are held to the same standards of spirituality and faith. Luther is successful in his argument of faith over bodies of work to obtain salvation, when he draws support from scripture and historical context of that time.

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Any physical works done for our neighbor should originate from pure love and not to attain any gains from those actions. Still remembering while doing works that righteousness rests solely by faith and not in doing abundance of physical work. Remembering that righteousness is connected with faith, “for the sake of one’s body, a person cannot be idle, but must practice doing many good works”(82). A person who is good and righteous does good work, but good works does not make a righteous person.

Luther wrote his treatise in a time where there was conflict with the papacy (in 1520), he expressed the true essence behind a true Christian faith and how to live it. Due to the wickedness he saw in the Roman Curia, Luther dedicated a letter to Pope Leo X because he was surrounded by those doing such wickedness. Luther even writes that “Satan himself should be the pope, for he is the one who appeared to be ruling more than” Pope Leo X

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