Five hundred years ago in a church marked by the dismissal of Scripture, idolatrous worship, and corruption, people rose up in protest---known today as the Protestant Reformation. This collection of probing essays examines how the recovery of biblical truth and the gospel of grace impacted history, theology, politics, and culture---and continues to instruct us today. 304 pages, softcover from B&H.
In a church rocked by controversies over vernacular Scripture, iconoclasm, and the power of clergy, men and women arose in protest. Today we call this protest movement the Protestant Reformation. At its heart, the Reformation was a great revival of the church centered on the recovery of biblical truth and the gospel of free grace. This movement continues to instruct and inspire believers even into the present day.
Reformation 500 celebrates the Reformation and probes the ways it has shaped our world for the better. With essays from an array of disciplines, this book explores the impact of the Reformation across a wide range of human experience. Literature, education, visual art, culture, politics, music, theology, church life, and Baptist history all provide prisms through which the Reformation legacy is viewed. From Augustine to Zwingli, historical figures like Luther, Calvin, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Rembrandt, Bach, Bunyan, and Wycliffe all find their way into this amazing 500-year story. From Anglicans to Baptists, scientists to poets, Reformation 500 weaves these many historical threads into a modern-day tapestry.
Ray Van Neste is Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies at Union University in Jackson, TN.
J. Michael Garrett is the Assistant Director of the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies at Union University. He previously served as Librarian for Beeson Divinity School and the Director of Libraries for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
"Evangelicals delight in celebrating the Reformation, even though we recognize it was not a perfect movement. This is a book that will help you understand and appreciate why we do."
Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"The first of Martin Luthers 95 Theses states that the entire life of believers is to be one of repentance. At the time, Luther could hardly have known the impact his recovery of the gospel would have on the entire lives of people beginning with the individual, family, church, and society, while working its way through literature, science, politics, and education. Reformation 500 ably explores the influence of the Reformation in all of these areas of life and more. Without repeating the obvious or uncovering the obscure, the contributors to this volume demonstrate that the power of the gospel is life-changing indeed."
Anthony Chute, professor of church history and associate dean, School of Christian Ministries, California Baptist University
"We gladly salute Ray Van Neste and J. Michael Garrett for their skill in pulling together this treasure of thoughtful essays on the importance of the sixteenth-century Reformation. The first-rate contributions, written by capable thinkers from various fields, help readers not only understand the primary issues of history and theology surrounding the Reformation, but they enable readers to think deeply about the significance of many wide-ranging matters for today. In various ways, the Reformation remains an unfinished project for all aspects of the work of the church. Reformation 500 provides wise guidance for all who desire to explore the meaning, importance, and implications of this influential movement for serious Christian thinking as well as for faithful Christian living in our day. It is a joyful privilege to recommend this fine volume."
David S. Dockery, president, Trinity International University/Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the launch of the Protestant Reformation, there will be many books and articles released relating to that topic. One that is destined to rank among the most useful and significant of those volumes is Reformation 500, edited by Ray Van Neste and J. Michael Garrett. This substantial volume includes an outstanding series of essays on a variety of topics relating to the nature and significance of that historic movement that began with Luther and which continues to impact todays church. Any student of church historyindeed, any pastor who cares about how todays church was shapedwill find these essays to be both interesting and useful in understanding the Reformation and its influence."
Michael Duduit, founding dean, College of Christian Studies and the Clamp Divinity School and professor of Christian ministry, Anderson University, and executive editor, Preaching magazine