Books by Martin Marty

An Annotated Bibliography


Babylon by Choice. New York: Friendship Press, 1964.

The Colliver Lectures; a short book on Christianity and urbanization.

Baptism. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1962; reprinted 1977.

One in a series of three books (including The Lord’s Supper and Grace) on the means of grace; discusses how baptism, including infant baptism, relates to the life of faith.

Being Good and Doing Good. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984.

A short essay on ethics.

By Way of Response. Nashville: Abingdon, 1981.

A short spiritual autobiography.

Christian Churches in the United States, 1800-1983. Minneapolis: Winston Press,1984; 2nd edition, 1987.

An illustrated book for teenagers that “maps” the denominations; concentrates on religion in the post-colonial period.

Christianity in the New World. Minneapolis: Winston Press, 1984.

Companion volume to Christian Churches in the United States, 1800-1983; also illustrated; shows what shapes Christian churches took in the Western hemisphere.

Church Unity and Church Mission. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1964.

Was to have been a pro-conciliar ecumenical statement and address to the anti-ecumenism of neo-evangelicalism in the period; Carl F. H. Henry was to have written the counterpart.

A Cry of Absence: Reflections for the Winter of the Heart. San Francisco: Harper, 1983; revised edition 1993; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1997.

Written after the death of his first wife, Elsa; a reflection, based on Psalms, about the spiritual life in a time of death, alienation, separation, or distance.

Education, Religion, and the Common Good: Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation about Religion’s Role in our Shared Life. Written with Jonathan Moore. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

The second of two volumes (the other Politics, Religion, and the Common Good) written as part of the Public Religion Project.

The Fire We Can Light: The Role of Religion in a Suddenly Different World. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1973.

An early reflection on the drastic changes in religion in the late sixties and early seventies: New Age, spirituality, mainline charismatic movements, etc., make their appearance.

Friendship. Allen, Tex.: Argus Communications, 1980.

By the publisher of You Are Promise; directed at young adults but widely read by people of all ages.

Good News in the Early Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1976.

Part of a series of short New Testament commentaries by nonspecialists for popular audiences.

Health and Medicine in the Lutheran Tradition: Being Well. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1983.

Beginning of a series designed to help medical professionals (as well as religious and academic professionals) be more aware of religious resources and restrictions.

The Hidden Discipline. St. Louis: Concordia, 1963.

A congregation-based interpretation of the Christian faith, in the form of a commentary on passages in Martin Luther’s Large Catechism.

The Improper Opinion. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1961.

Part of a series on Christian communication; an early statement on the relation of mass media to Christian faith and community.

The Infidel: Free Thought and American Religion. Cleveland: Meridian-World, 1961.

Marty’s 1956 Ph.D. dissertation greatly revised; discusses how religious figures used antireligious movements and expressions to advance their own cause.

Invitation to Discipleship. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1986.

Used in adult membership classes. A guide for life in the church.

The Lord’s Supper. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1980.

Second in a three-part series (includes Baptism and The Word) on the means of grace; widely used in parishes.

The Lutheran People. Cathedral Publishers, 1973.

A very short introduction Lutheran practice (rather than Lutheran teaching); used by parishes in instruction.

Lutheran Questions, Lutheran Answers. Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2007.

“Brief but complete” answers to the most frequently asked questions on important topics for Lutherans and about Lutheranism.

Lutheranism: A Restatement in Question and Answer Form. Cathedral Publishers, 1975.

A small companion book to The Lutheran People; a popular explanation of Lutheran teaching and practice.

Martin Luther. Part of the Penguin Lives Series. New York: Penguin, 2004.

A biography dealing in rather short compass with the main themes in the life of Luther.

Modern American Religion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Volume 1: The Irony of It All, 1893-1919 (1986); Volume 2: The Noise of Conflict, 1919-1941 (1990); Volume 3: Under God, Indivisible, 1941-1960 (1996).

Pioneering synthetic work on American religion over the period usually called “modern”; every paragraph is numbered and there are footnotes to provide readers easy access to primary sources.

The Modern Schism: Three Paths to the Secular. New York: Harper, 1969.

Reflects Marty’s interest in a field in which he taught: “North Atlantic” culture and religion–the British, Continental, and North American contrasts.

The Mystery of the Child. Grand Rapids, Eerdmans. 2007.

Drawing on literature as new as contemporary poetry and as old as the Bible, in The Mystery of the Child Marty encourages the thoughtful enjoyment of children instead of the imposition of adult will and control. He views the child as a mystery who invokes wonder and elicits creative responses that affect the care provided him or her.

A Nation of Behavers. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976.

Phenomenologically based classification of American religious emphases; solicited for the national bicentennial.

The New Shape of American Religion. New York: Harper, 1959; Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1978.

An analysis of religion in the Eisenhower-era religious revival times; shows concern that “religion-in-general” was eroding vital religious movements and expressions.

October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World. Paraclete Press, 2016.

With a foreword by James Martin, S.J., this compact reader on the Reformation by addresses the question: Why is the Reformation relevant today? This book explores how the Reformation impacts us devotionally as Christians of any denomination.

The One and the Many: America’s Struggle for the Common Good. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997.

A search for common themes and aspirations in American group life.

Pilgrims in Their Own Land: Five Hundred Years of Religion in America. Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown, 1984.

A narrative that is one of Marty’s most popular books.

Politics, Religion, and the Common Good: Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation about Religion’s Role in Our Shared Life. Written with Jonathan Moore. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

One of two volumes (the other Education, Religion, and the Common Good) that grew out of the Public Religion Project.

The Pro and Con Book of Religious America: A Bicentennial Argument. Waco, Tex.: Word Books, 1975.

Commissioned for the national bicentennial; the same themes appear in both halves of the book, to show paradox in American culture.

The Promise of Grace. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans, 2004.

The history of the parish Marty served at the beginning of his pastoral ministry, Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, Illinois.

The Protestant Voice in American Pluralism. Athens, Ga.: University of George Press, 2004.

Three lectures, connected and expanded.

Protestantism. New York: Holt, 1972.

One in a series on world religions; a synthetic treatment of Protestant themes rather than a work of history; widely used in classrooms.

The Public Church: Mainline, Evangelical, Catholic. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1981.

Develops a typology for “the public church” at the point where three forms of Christianity meet without disrupting denominational life and lines.

Religion and Republic: The American Circumstance. Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press, 1987.

The only collection of essays Marty has published; deals with a wide range of themes; united by some common emphases.

Religion, Awakening, and Revolution. Wilmington, N.C.: Consortium, 1977.

A discussion of the ways evangelical awakenings and public piety interacted.

Religious Crises in Modem America. Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 1980.

Grew out of a lectureship on American Protestant Fundamentalism in its second flowering.

Righteous Empire: The Protestant Experience in America. New York: Dial, 1970. Second revised published as Protestantism in the United States. New York: Scribner, 1986.

Won the National Book Award. Was to have been posed against or parallel to a volume on evangelicalism, so the Protestantism herein is what is not called mainstream.

The Search for a Usable Future. New York: Harper, 1969.

An attempt to make sense of pathways for the faiths in the turbulent 1960s.

Second Chance for American Protestants. New York: Harper, 1963.

A regrettably mistitled book (was to have been The Displaced Christian), it discusses how Christians in Christendom relied on “place” but could do so ever less.

A Short History of American Catholicism. Thomas More Press, 1995.

Part of a series by a Catholic publisher.

A Short History of Christianity. Cleveland: Meridian, 1959; 2nd revised edition, Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1987.

Marty’s first book; has appeared in numerous editions, revised with an added chapter in 1987; used both among readers-in-private and in classrooms.

Speaking of Trust: Conversing with Martin Luther about the Sermon on the Mount. Minneapolis: Augsburg 2003.

One in a series designed mainly for Lutherans who were trying to redefine faith and trust.

Varieties of Unbelief. New York: Holt, 1964.

A historical, not philosophical, study of modern, especially American, “practical unbelief.”

What a Catholic Believes, as Seen by a Non-Catholic. Thomas More Press, 1974.

Conclusion of a series on Catholic contemporary belief.

When Faiths Collide. Blackwell, 2005.

A fresh look at pluralism and culture in the twenty-first century.

The Word: People Participating in Preaching. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984.

Third in the series of books on the means of grace (including Baptism and The Lord’s Supper.)

You Are Promise. Allen, Tex.: Argus Communications, 1974.

Part of a series of books for young people; presents practical guiding, theological reflections.

Youth Considers “Do-It-Yourself” Religion. New York: Nelson, 1965.

Part of a series for youth; thesis about “religion-in-general.”



Books Coauthored by Martin Marty


Faith and Ferment: An Interdisciplinary Study of Christian Beliefs and Practices. With Joan D. Chittister. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 1983.

Chittister and Marty both comment on an extensive survey of religion in Minnesota.

The Glory and the Power: The Fundamentalist Challenge to the Modern World. With R. Scott Appleby. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992.

An illustrated book written to accompany a TV series; a means of accessing the work in the five-volume Fundamentalism Project, edited by Marty and Appleby.

Health/Medicine and the Faith Traditions: An Inquiry into Religion and Medicine. With Kenneth L. Vaux. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1982.

Initiated what became the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith and Ethics.

Our Hope for Years to Come. With Micah Marty. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1995.

Second in a series of photo-text books (which presently includes Places Along the Way, The Promise of Winter, and When True Simplicity Is Gained); meditations on hymn texts; photographs of Gothic church architecture in the United States, from large cathedrals to abandoned wooden churches of the Great Plains.

The Outbursts That Await Us. New York: Macmillan, 1963.

With a rabbi and a priest, written in a time of consensus that was also seen to be a time of impending crisis, or at least unease.

Pen-Ultimates. New York: Holt, 1963.

Collection of coauthored columns with editor Dean Peerman.

Places along the Way: Meditations on the Journey of Faith. With Micah Marty. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1994.

The first of four books combining photographs by Micah Marty with reflections by Martin Marty; meditations take a tour through the Bible; photographs from the land of the Bible.

The Promise of Winter: Quickening the Spirit on Ordinary Days and in Fallow Seasons. With Micah Marty. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1997.

The third of four photo-text books with Micah Marty; meditations based on Psalms; photographs of winter scenes.

Religion in America, 1950 to the Present. With Douglas W. Johnson and Jackson W. Carrol. New York: Harper, 1979.

Uses maps—a kind of “geography of religion”—and is produced on the then-familiar tri-faith model.

The Religious Press in America. With others. New York: Holt, 1963.

A minister-priest-rabbi book that views the religious press in their circles.

Vision of Utopia. With Edward Rothstein and Herbert Muschamp. Oxford: New York, 2003.

Accompanied a New York Public Library program on Utopias.

What Do We Believe?: The Stance of Religion in America. With Stuart E. Rosenberg and Andrew Greeley. Meredith, 1968.

Uses polls and survey data to come up with a picture of North American religious life.

When True Simplicity Is Gained: Finding Spiritual Clarity in a Complex World. With Micah Marty. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1998.

Fourth photo-text volume with Micah Marty; meditations draw on themes from classic prayers; and photographs from a Shaker community in Kentucky.



Some of the Books Edited by Martin Marty

The Death and Birth of the Parish. St. Louis: Concordia, 1964.

The Fundamentalism Project. With R. Scott Appleby. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Volume 1: Fundamentalisms Observed (1991); Volume 2: Fundamentalisms and Society: Reclaiming the Sciences, the Family, and Education (1993); Volume 3: Fundamentalisms and the State: Remaking Polities, Economies, and Militance (1993); Volume 4: Accounting for Fundamentalisms: The Dynamic Character of Movements (1994); Volume 5: Fundamentalisms Comprehended (1995).

Handbook of Christian Theologians. With Dean G. Peerman. Cleveland: World, 1965; Nashville, Abingdon, 1980.

New Directions in Biblical Thought. Association, 1960.

New Theology, Numbers 1-10. Coeditor. New York: Macmillan, 1964-73.

No Ground beneath Us. Methodist Student Movement, 1964.

The Place of Trust: Martin Luther on the Sermon on the Mount. Martin Luther. New York: Harper, 1983.

Pushing the Faith: Proselytism and Civility in a Pluralistic World. With Frederick E. Greenspahn. New York: Crossroad, 1988.

Our Faiths. Cathedral Publishers, 1975.

The Place of Bonhoeffer: Problems and Possibilities in His Thought. With Peter Berger. Association, 1962.

Religion and Social Conflict. With Robert Lee. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1964.

Religion, Ethnicity, and Self Identity: Nations in Turmoil. With R. Scott Appleby. Hanover, N.H.: University of New England Press, 1997.

Religions of the World: The Illustrated Guide to Origins, Beliefs, Customs, and Festivals. New York: Facts on File, 1997.

The Unrelieved Paradox: Studies in the Faith of Franz Bibfeldt. With Jerald Brauer. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1994.

The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature. William James. New York: Penguin Books, 1982.

What’s Ahead for the Churches? With Kyle Haselden. Lanham, Md.: Sheed & Ward, 1964.

Where the Spirit Leads: American Denominations Today. Atlanta, Ga.: John Knox, 1980.




Scroll to Top