A Neglected Key to the Theology of Martin Luther: The Schmalkald Articles

William R. Russell

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1996

Issue: The Edges of Life (Vol. 16, No 1, Winter, 1996)

During the series of debilitating bouts with ill health that Martin Luther endured in the middle 1530s, he took quill in hand and began to write what he and those closest to him thought was his “last theological will and testament.” Indeed, Luther intended this document to be a summary statement of his theological priorities that could be used by posterity as a guide to the most important features of his theology. Unfortunately, this writing, The Schmalkald Articles of 1538 (hereafter, SA), has been virtually neglected by historians and theologians alike.

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