The Ninety-Five Theses and Other Writings

Martin Luther (and others)

For the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a new translation of Martin Luther's most famous works by leading scholar and pastor William Russell

This volume contains selections from Martin Luther's most evocative writings, freshly translated for the 21st century. This book provides entry points for specialists and non-specialists alike into the thought and life of the epoch-defining, fascinating and controversial Martin Luther. With attention to the breadth of his literary output, it draws from his letters, sermons, popular writings and formal theological works. These writings possess a practical, accessible arc, as Luther does not write only for specialists and church officials but he applies his chief insights to the 'real life' issues that faced his wide variety of audiences.


Martin Luther (1483-1546) was a German theologian whose writings instigated the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. Luther became an Augustinian friar in 1505 and was ordained two years later. In 1510 he visited Rome and was appalled at the level of corruption there. He became increasingly disillusioned with the Church and in 1517 he published Ninety-Five Theses, a scathing attack on abuses within the Church. His writings called into question some of the fundamental tenets of Roman Catholicism and resulted in the schism between Catholicism and Protestantism. He is one of the most influential figures in the history of Christianity.