The Freedom of the Christian was Martin Luther’s first public defense of the doctrine of justification by grace through faith on account of Christ alone. Luther’s explosive rediscovery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ shattered the Church of Rome’s foundation of works, which considered good works a part of salvation instead of a result of it. Here, Luther constructed a rich theology that relies on the full power of the Gospel, which not only grants saving faith but also nurtures that faith through good works done in the freest service.
This new abridged translation from Adam Francisco, featuring a brief essay from Scott Keith, leaves no doubt that the Christian, secure in Christ, is truly free—free from sin, death, and the devil, and free to serve their neighbor.
About the Editor
Adam Francisco is executive editor of 1517 Publishing and scholar in residence at 1517. He earned his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2005 and has taught—and continues to teach—history at Concordia University (Irvine, CA) and Concordia College (Bronxville, New York). His publications include the books, "Martin Luther and Islam," "Making the Case for Christianity," and "The Resurrection Fact." Adam and his wife, Rachel, have four children and live with the swallows in San Juan Capistrano.