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Lutheran Religion F continues our Online Christian Library with links related to Lutheran orthodoxy from the Lutheran books by August Francke.

1   A Guide to Reading and Studying the Holy Scriptures. (1819)

2   Christ the Sum and Substance of All the Holy Scriptures, in the Old and New Testament. (1732)

3   Faith's Work Perfected or Francke's Orphan House at Halle. (1867)

4   Memoirs of Augustus Hermann Francke. (1831)

5   Life of Augustus Herman Francke, Professor of Divinity, and Founder of the Orphan-House in Halle, by Heinrich Ernst Ferdinand Guericke 1803-1878. (1847)

6   Nicodemus or a Treatise against the Fear of Man: Wherein the Causes and Sad Effects thereof are briefly described, with some Remedies Against it. (1801)

August Hermann Francke was born in Lubeck, Germany, in 1663. Studying at the universities of Erfurt and Kiel, he became proficient in the study of Hebrew and Greek, eventually becoming a professor of those languages at the University of Halle.

The following is an excerpt from the "Introductory Remarks" of his book, Memoirs of Augustus Hermann Francke.

In estimating the character of an individual, we are to take into consideration the situation and circumstances in which he is placed; for nothing is more manifest than that they exert a strong influence upon his character. Such is the nature of man, that he cannot avoid receiving more or less impression from his education--associates--the state of moral feeling in his country--and the varied events of his life. If all this influence be salutary, we look upon him who becomes profligate and licentious, as almost a monster; and, on the contrary, we admire him who, surrounded by wicked men and educated under their influence, dares to live a moral and religious life. It is precisely thus in the history of professed christians. It is generally found that even those who call themselves the children of God, and confess their obligations to live devoted to his service, sink to the level of religious feeling which prevails around them; or, if it be more elevated than their own, attempt to rise to the same standard. Of course, then, that person, who, in the midst of surrounding coldness and inactivity, resists this downward influence, and manifests the true spirit of the gospel, deserves our esteem more than one who manifests the same spirit in more favorable circumstances. It is for this reason that we admire the character of the leaders of the Reformation, and hold up Luther and Melancthon as examples for our imitation.

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