Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




After reading some of the earlier biographies of Luther, I can see that both Protestant and Catholic made him out to be a simple character - either good or bad, according to their point of view. Modern biographers again of both sorts have put this right by showing how complex and contradictory he in fact was - kind-hearted and callous, rebellious and conservative, intellectual and emotional, church organizer and prophet, sweet-tongued and coarse. But now that he has shown to be so complicated; it seems to me that the total biography of the man can never be written. Perhaps a synthesis
of all the points of view that can be held about him could give us the only chance we are likely to have of assessing him as a whole. At this point of my research I find my supply of material greatly enlarged, and the mystery of Luther increased rather than the reverse.