Luther Examined and Reexamined by William Dau

“Rome has never acknowledged her errors nor admitted her moral defeat. The lessons of past history are wasted upon her… A recent Catholic writer correctly says: ‘There is no doubt that the religious problem today is still the Luther problem.’ Almost every statement of those religious doctrines which are opposed to (Roman) Catholic moral teaching find their authorization in the theology of Martin Luther.” – William Dau


  • Preface.
  • 1 Luther Worship.
  • 2 Luther Hatred.
  • 3 Luther Blemishes.
  • 4 Luther’s Task.
  • 5 The Popes in Luther’s Time.
  • 6 Luther’s Birth and Parentage.
  • 7 Luther’s Great Mistake.
  • 8 Luther’s Failure as a Monk.
  • 9 Professor Luther, D. D.
  • 10 Luther’s “Discovery” of the Bible.
  • 11 Rome and the Bible.
  • 12 Luther’s Visit at Rome.
  • 13 Pastor Luther.
  • 14 The Case of Luther’s Friend Myconius.
  • 15 Luther’s Faith without Works.
  • 16 The Fatalist Luther.
  • 17 Luther a Teacher of Lawlessness.
  • 18 Luther, Repudiates the Ten Commandments?
  • 19 Luther’s Invisible Church.
  • 20 Luther on the God-Given Supremacy of the Pope.
  • 21 Luther the Translator of the Bible.
  • 22 Luther a Preacher of Violence against the Hierarchy.
  • 23 Luther, Anarchist and Despot All in One.
  • 24 Luther the Destroyer of Liberty of Conscience.
  • 25 “The Adam and Eve of the New Gospel of Concubinage.”
  • 25 “The Adam and Eve of the New Gospel of Concubinage.”
  • 26 Luther an Advocate of Polygamy.
  • 27 Luther Announces His Death.
  • 28 Luther’s View of His Slanderers.
  • Afterword

About the Author – William Herman Theodore Dau

“W. H. T. Dau was born February 8, 1864 in Pomerania. He emigrated to America in 1881, and graduated Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1886. He first served as pastor in Memphis, TN from 1886-1892, then was president of Concordia College in Conover, NC from 1892-1899. From 1899-1905 he served as pastor in Hammond, Indiana, then was professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, from 1905-1926. From 1926-1929 he was president of Valparaiso University in Indiana.

From “Dau, William Herman Theodore” retrieved 2018-03-16 from

Publication Information

  • Lutheran Library edition first published: 2018-03-16
  • Updated: 2019-06-14
  • Copyright: CC BY 4.0
William H. T. Dau
William H. T. Dau

Pastor Memphis, TN and served as president of Valparaiso University and of Concordia College, Conover, North Carolina, and as professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Dau edited The Lutheran Witness and The Theological Quarterly.