Thursday, July 27, 2017

Book Review: Reformation 500

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation where Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis on the door of Castle Church. Many books have been written over the years regarding the history and impact of the reformation. There have a few conferences celebrating the Reformation as well.

Reformation 500 is one of the books that have been written to celebrate this historic event. Ray Van Neste and J. Michael Garrett edited this book with chapters written by various authors. I am not familiar with most of the contributors of this book. The only ones I recognized were Timothy George and Carl Truman.

What this book focuses on is why are we celebrating the Reformation and its significant impact on the church today. Since most of the contributors are Baptists, they have written with a Baptist perspective on the Reformation. What was focused on this book was how the Reformation impacted how the church was looked at, what the Lord's Supper was truly about, what are the marks of the true church, and how preaching is a primary part of our worship service.

Of course, you cannot have a book on the Reformation without discussing Martin Luther, which is what Henry Allen focuses on in one the chapters. What Allen writes on is the legacy that Luther has left behind in the context of the Reformation. Other chapters on Luther were in regard to higher education and politics.

Overall, this is a simple book for those who want to read on the Reformation. This is a church history book, but it is very informative.

Thanks B&H Publishing Group for letting me review this book.

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