I have just started reading, "Martin Luther: Selections from his Writings" by John Dillenberger. What he has done is collected some of Luther's various writings (etc). Of the longer writings (ex: The Bondage of the Will) he has selected portions. Btw, The Bondage of the Will is a great book (I have the book and love it) as is most of Luther's writings. Luther's preface to the New Testament, to Romans, and others are rich in Biblical insight. I, personally, have a great fondness for his preface to the Epistle of Romans. I does a nearly perfect job of summerizing the book and its powerful theology. However Luther had some failures in his life/ministry. One could name several including, but not limited to, his later anti-Jewish statements, his failure to support a seperation of church and state, his view of communion (etc). However this post is not about history but theology. Luther's biggest failure, in my humble judgment, was his rejection of the Epistles of James and Jude. Of James Luther writes: "In comparison with these, the epistle of James is an epistle full of straw, because it contains nothing evangelical...I think highly of the Epistle of James, and regard it as valuable although it was rejected in early days...I do not hold it to be of apostolic authorship for the following reasons: Firstly, because, in direct opposition to St Paul and all the rest of the Bible, it ascribes justification to works, and declares that Abraham was justified by works when he offered up his son...Secondly because, in the whole length of its teaching, not once does it give Christians any instruction or reminder of the passion, resurrection, or spirit of Christ...In sum, he wishes to guard against those who depended on faith without going on to works, but he had neither the spirit nor the thought nor the eloquence equal to the task. He does violence to Scripture, and so contradicts Paul and all Scripture...I therefore refuse him a place among the writers of the true canon of my Bible." Of Jude Luther wrote: "No one can deny that this epistle is an excerpt from, or copy of, the second epistle of St Peter...hence, although I value the book, yet it is not essential to reckon it among the canonical books that lay the foundation of faith" Clearly I have serious problems with Luther's rejection of James and Jude. First I think his understanding of James's view of faith and works is wrong. In fact I would go so far as to say that Luther agreed with James, even saying simular things to James in his preface to Romans. Personally I don't think Luther gave James "a fair shake". Secondly Jude is very simular to 2Peter. However that does not mean that it is merely a copy that can be rejected. Jude, and 2Peter, is an important challange to Christians to defend the faith. Luther did alot...but he also had some very serious failures. I can't think of any figure, large or small, that the same can't be said for. Despite his failures I love to read his writings and biographies about him. In Christ, Martin.