Martin Luther: Exploring His Life and Times, 1483-1546, by Helmar Jughans (CD-ROM)
Written biographies of Martin Luther abound, but only one multimedia, hypertext CD-ROM attempts the tale. As a Luther scholar and sometime software designer, I find this production's media more interesting than its message.
The new English translation of Bethge's 1970 biography, skillfully rendered by Barnett, includes all corrections and revisions of earlier editions. As a result, the edifying story of a remarkable 20th-century Christian life is now available in even greater detail. At 941 pages it's not a quick read, but Bethge offers a compelling account of a complex man.
The opening lines of Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground (1864) can hardly be described as inviting: "I am a sick man. . . . I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man. I believe my liver is diseased." Yet generations of readers have been engaged by the writer's exquisite self-awareness, his extreme ambivalences and his complex understanding of life in a dysfunctional society.
Given the tendency of evangelicals and liberals to focus on
different parts of Bonhoeffer's theology and witness, the challenge is
to transcend polarization. But for Metaxas, polarization is a structural motif: his
mission is to reclaim the true Bonhoeffer from "liberals" who have
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