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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Martin E. Marty  

Pen Name: Martin Marty


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1928 in West Point, Nebraska

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Illinois Connection

Marty lives in Riverside, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Marty is an American Lutheran religious scholar who has written extensively on 19th century and 20th century American religion. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1956, and served as a Lutheran pastor from 1952 to 1962 in the suburbs of Chicago. From 1963 to 1998 he taught at the University of Chicago Divinity School, held an endowed chair, and now holds emeritus status as a Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor.He has been a columnist for ''The Christian Century'' magazine since 1956. He has authored over 5,000 articles and been conferred with 75 honorary doctorates. He is the author and editor of more than 50 books. His published works include ''Righteous Empire: The Protestant Experience in America'', for which he won the National Book Award, the encyclopedic five-volume ''Fundamentalism Project'', co-edited with historian R. Scott Appleby, and the biography, ''Martin Luther''.

Published Works

    For a complete listing of the over 50 books Martin has written, please go to his website!
  • Righteous Empire: The Protestant experience in America, Harper & Row, 1970
  • Martin Luther: A Life, Penguin, 2004
  • When Faiths Collide, Wiley-Blackwell, 2005
  • Faith: Confidence and Doubt in Daily Life, Augsberg Fortress Press, 2006
  • The Mystery of the Child, Wm. B. Eerdman's Publishing, 2007
  • The Christian World: A Global History'', Modern Library, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

Righteous empire :
ISBN: 0061319317. OCLC Number:

Harper & Row,. New York :. 1977, ©1970.

Martin Luther :
ISBN: 0143114301. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York :. 2008, ©2004.

"Historian and Lutheran pastor Martin Marty portrays the religious reformer Martin Luther as a man of conscience and courage who risked death to ignite a historic reformation of the church."--Page 4 of cover.

When faiths collide /
ISBN: 1405112239. OCLC Number:

Blackwell Pub.,. Malden, MA :. 2005.

In the face of the growing threat from collisions of faith across the world, this manifesto is a call to embrace religious pluralism & demonstrates how citizens, religions, & identities can survive in radically pluralist settings.

The mystery of the child /
ISBN: 0802817661. OCLC Number:

William B. Eerdmans Pub.,. Grand Rapids, Mich :. ©2007.

"Drawing on literature as new as contemporary poetry and as old as the Bible, The Mystery of the Child encourages the thoughtful enjoyment of children Instead of the imposition of adult will and control. Indeed, Marty treats the impulse to control as a problem and highlights qualities associated with children - responsiveness, receptivity, openness to wonder - that can become sources of renewal for adults."--Jacket.

The Christian world :
ISBN: 0679643494. OCLC Number:

Modern Library,. New York :. 2007.

A history of the origins, history, and spread of Christianity around the world explores the life of Christ and his teachings, the journeys of the apostles, and the growing influence of the religion on theology, politics, culture, and society.


National Book Award for

Righteous Empire

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