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Luther Comforts a Depressed Pastor: Luther’s Letter of Consolation to George Spalatin – Analysis and Reflection

Pietsch, Stephen J (2011) Luther Comforts a Depressed Pastor: Luther’s Letter of Consolation to George Spalatin – Analysis and Reflection. Lutheran Theological Journal, 45 (3). pp. 144-155. ISSN 0024-7553

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Abstract

The addressee of the following letter of consolation, George Spalatin, was one of Luther's intimate and long term friends. As a canon of the Cathedral at Altenburg in 1544, Spalatin had been party to advice given to a local pastor that it was permissible for him to marry the stepmother of his deceased wife. The advice was incorrect and Luther later had to countermand Spalatin's decision. Distressed and humiliated by his mistake, Spalatin fell into deep depression and could not be comforted. When Luther heard of this, he wrote this letter of consolation to help his old friend recover.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Pastoral theology, Lutheran Church, Preaching, Depression, Mental Treatment, Christian life
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2012 00:34
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 00:31
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1040

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