This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s treatise The Freedom of a Christian. To observe this milestone, Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, invited the church to read, study and reflect on this Lutheran witness of the Christian faith.

The ELCA has developed a study guide and other resources to deepen readers’ engagement with the text. As a partner in this project, Fortress Press has made available a complimentary download of the treatise, available through 2020.

The Freedom of a Christian is such a beautiful, deep and simple exposition of the Christian faith that it is no surprise that, 500 years after Martin Luther first wrote it, we are still learning from it,” said Carmelo Santos, director for ELCA theological diversity and engagement. Santos led the development of the ELCA’s initiative. “I pray that this study guide and case studies representing a wide diversity of perspectives will help many to rediscover the awesome freedom that we have in Christ and the joy of using that freedom to serve our neighbors. We also hope that people will feel inspired to contribute their own reflections inspired by The Freedom of a Christian.”

The Freedom of a Christian treatise, study guide, case studies and information about submitting contributions are available at

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