Luther and the Hungry Poor: Gathered Fragments

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Samuel Torvend's original and important reconstruction of the emergence of Luther's and the early Reformation church's response to the poor gathers fragments from across Luther's early writings. He uncovers a striking counter-image to the usual portrait of a quietist orientation that left the world to deal with its own problems. Instead, he finds that Luther's concern emerged early in his career, centered around hunger and the hungry poor, and was deeply rooted in his encounter with the Bible and with the sacramental character of the local church.

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Samuel Torvend is Associate Professor of European Religious History at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA). He has served as adjunct professor of Liturgical Studies in the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University and St. Mary's University (Winona, MN). As a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Dr. Torvend has served on the Liturgy and Social Justice Study Group. He holds the Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, M.A. (Aquinas Institute of Theology), and M.Div. (Wartburg Seminary). He was the first editor of Sundays and Seasons, Welcome Home, and the catechumenal resources, Welcome to Christ. He currently participates in PLU's Lilly Foundation Wild Hope Project and the Center for Religion, Cultures, and Society in the Western United States.

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