Faith, love, hope

Dietrich Korsch (Hrsg.): Martin Luther. Von der Freiheit eines Christenmenschen. ISBN 978-3-374-04259-3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Martin Luther’s essay “A Treatise on Christian Liberty” is a fundamental text defining the basics of the Protestant creed, and the editor and commentator Dietrich Korsch does an excellent job in explaining the historical context and in showing the text’s relevance for Protestants’ daily search for God in modern times. Faith as the finality and the essence of the believer’s life, the complementarity of absolute faith and the observance of God’s commandements, the challenge and the impossibility to live according to God’s ideal, the hope for redemption for Man’s failure to live up to God’s expectation – those are the subjects covered by Luther.

Luther wrote a deeply impressive treatise, well argued, well written, short and to the point. I am not surprised that its stringent logic and its legitimation through the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles did unsettle many in the Papal States. They quickly realised that Luther’s creed would challenge the Pope’s worldly power and the wealth of the Catholic church.

It took some time until I renewed my effort to understand Christian faith, and music had much to do with. Listening to Anton Bruckner’s Mass No. 1 triggered the idea to take up this book, while the writing itself was inspired by William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices:

A moment of peace in times of strife and misery