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Here I Stand: Martin Luther

It is claimed that there have been more books written about Martin Luther than anyone else other than Jesus Christ. In those lists pundits compile about who were the most influential in shaping our modern world, the name Martin Luther inevitably shows up near the top, usually in the top ten. He is one of those few who can be proclaimed indisputably a "hinge of history."

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  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 2 hrs 9 min

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It is claimed that there have been more books written about Martin Luther than anyone else other than Jesus Christ. In those lists pundits compile about who were the most influential in shaping our modern world, the name Martin Luther inevitably shows up near the top, usually in the top ten. He is one of those few who can be proclaimed indisputably a "hinge of history."

Yet Luther never wanted to be a renowned world shaper. He was more concerned to save his own soul and entered a monastery to get away from the world and seek his own salvation. But in finding his salvation, he rediscovered foundations of Biblical Christianity that shook the late Medieval world and challenged its assumptions about religious authority, what God was like, how we are to approach him, and how God saves us.

T.N. Mohan, producer and director of the award-winning documentary on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Hanged on a Twisted Cross, returns to Germany to tell the story of its most famous son, interpreted from an overtly Protestant perspective. In this two-hour special, we come to understand Luther, what motivated him, the turning points in his life, the issues he confronted, the opposition that sought to defeat him, and the profound changes brought about under his leadership and ministry. Fullscreen.

PART 1: Luther's Life (70 minutes)
PART 2: Luther's Legacy (60 minutes)

NOTE: This DVD also includes "In the Footsteps of Martin Luther."

Editorial Reviews

Here I Stand: Martin Luther is a superbly produced, enthusiastically recommended, 192-minute, full color documentary on the life, work, and historical impact of Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. This informed and informative DVD production is divided into two parts: Luther’s Life (70 minutes) and Luther’s Legacy (60 minutes). Martin Luther, who began his ecclesiastical career as a German cleric of the Roman Catholic Church, never wanted to be a famous religious leader and challenger to the dominance of the Catholic Church. Indeed, he had entered a monastery to get away from the world and seek his own private salvation. But in seeking that salvation he began to study the Bible and felt compelled to call what he perceived as the corruptions of the Church of Rome to account. He challenged the prevailing medieval assumptions concerning religious authority, the nature of God, how Christians (including the clergy) should comport themselves, and how God brings salvation to men, women, and children. Although also available in a VHS format, the DVD format features a bonus: In the Footsteps of Martin Luther.

T.N. Mohan, who also produced and directed the award-winning documentary on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "Hanged on a Twisted Cross," has made another excellent documentary. This one focuses on Martin Luther, whose study on the Bible and questioning of the established Church led to the Reformation. The two parts of the DVD focus on his life and legacy, and are followed by a bonus feature, "In the Footsteps of Martin Luther." Beginning with the influence of his parents and early home life, Part One progresses through the key events in Luther's life and how they led to the formation of his theology. The narration is accompanied by artwork as well as footage of the places where Luther lived and worked, giving it a welcomed depth by providing both historical and modern-day context. Part Two focuses on the legacy of Luther's life: his role in the Peasant's Uprising, how his marriage influenced the Christian family; how his hymn-writing and reexamination of the sacraments led to changes in the church service, and the schisms of Protestantism which arose even during his lifetime. "In the Footsteps of Martin Luther" takes a whirlwind tour through ten towns in Germany, stopping at the buildings that Luther lived in and frequented. Many connections between Luther and other historical figures are established using this approach, such as the Eisenach connection between Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach. This bonus feature would be useful for someone planning a visit to Germany, and is also welcome for those who cannot make the journey themselves. The film has an unapologetic Christian (and Protestant) perspective, from the way Luther's theological beliefs shaped and were shaped by his life, down to the last section of Part One which contains an invitation to know Christ. Viewers who have seen the 2003 movie, "Luther," will find the background information provided in this film very helpful. This film is highly recommended. - Reviewed by Karen L. Straube, Head, Technical Services Dept., George Fox University, Newberg, OR

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