We must also lessen the number of theological books, and choose the best; for it is not the number of books that make the learned man; nor much reading, but good books often read, however few, make a man learned in the Scriptures and pious. – Martin Luther

Luther Examined and Reexamined by William H T Dau (1864-1944)

Luther Examined and Reexamined by William H T Dau (1864-1944)

“One may deplore the pathetic courage which periodically heartens Catholic writers for the task of writing against Luther, but one can understand the necessity for such efforts, and, accordingly, feel a real pity for those who make them. Attacks on Luther are demanded for Catholics by the law of self-preservation. A recent Catholic writer correctly says: ‘There is no doubt that the religious problem to-day is still the Luther problem.’ ‘Almost every statement of those religious doctrines which are opposed to Catholic moral teaching find their authorization in the theology of Martin Luther.’”

“Rome has never acknowledged her errors nor admitted her moral defeat. The lessons of past history are wasted upon her. Rome is determined to assert to the end that she was not, and cannot be, vanquished. In the age of the Reformation, she admits, she suffered some losses, but she claims that she is fast retrieving these, while Protestantism is decadent and decaying. No opposition to her can hope to succeed.” – From the Introduction

Contents (245 pages)

  • 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.

Prof. Dau’s editing duties included ed. The Lutheran Witness; ed. Eng. part of Magazin für Ev.-Luth. Homiletik und Pastoraltheologie; managing ed. Theological Quarterly and Theological Monthly; consulting ed. Alma Mater; ed. Four Hundred Years; Ebenezer. He authored At the Tribunal of Caesar; The Great Renunciation; He Loved Me, and Gave Himself for Me; The Leipzig Debate in 1519; Luther Examined and Reexamined; joint author with A. L. Graebner and L. Wessel of The Proof Texts of the Catechism with a Practical Commentary; coed. and co-tr. with G. F. Bente of Concordia Triglotta1.

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