Westminster Seminary California
The Personal Luther

Martin Luther is popularly known as the one who launched the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation. Luther is known for his Ninety-five Theses, The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, his commentary on Galatians, his famous interchange with Erasmus, Bondage of the Will, and his treatise on Two Kinds of Righteousness. But there is another side of Luther that many have not read.

Luther frequently had guests in his home for meals and theological discussions, and as is the habit of students, they took notes and wrote down many of the things that Luther said. These sayings of Luther were eventually published under the title of Tabletalk. A recently published edition of Luther's work was published under the title, Off the Record with Martin Luther, translated and edited by Charles Daudert. 

We will be offering a number of select quotations so that we can learn about Luther's advice on theology and life. Sometimes Luther's advice is rather colorful, and some might find it offensive! Luther could be quite brusque and blunt. But at the same time Luther undoubtedly brought much laughter and joy to those sitting around his table. 

We hope that you'll find these quotations edifying, enjoyable, and encouraging.

12 / 20 / 2010