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A Reformation Reader: Primary Texts With Introductions Paperback – August 1, 2008

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Denis R. Janz is Provost Distinguished Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in the Department of Religious Studies at Loyola University, New Orleans.
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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press; 2 edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800663101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800663100
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Hayton VINE VOICE on November 7, 2009
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The Christianity that shapes our world today, was profoundly influenced by the Reformation -- Roman Catholicism as much as evangelical Protestantism. For conservative evangelicals who prize the notion of sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), the Reformation represents a great restoration of the importance of Scripture and a revival of the true and saving doctrine of justification by faith on the basis of the merits of Christ alone, and by God's free grace.

Any study of the Reformation does well to focus on the many documents and books written in that era. Some of the truly great Christian writings hail from that era. Luther's commentary on Galations, and Calvin's "Institutes of the Christian Religion" deserve the attention of Christians of our own era as much as they shaped those in the midst of the Reformation. But there are scores of additional writings by other lesser known figures of that time, which do much to open our understanding of what actually was happening in that time, now nearly 500 years ago.

A Reformation Reader, edited by Denis Janz, brings these lesser known documents, and figures, to light. Zwingli's Swiss Reformation work and writings; the Anabaptist movement and their writings - most notably the the Schleitheim Confession; and the English reformers Cranmer and Cromwell all are illuminated through Janz's inclusion of key documents and insights into their role in the Reformation era. The context of the Reformation is made more vivid and clear by his inclusion of pre-Reformation Catholic authors and sentiments, and a discussion of the counter Reformation and the Catholic Council of Trent.

Janz introduces each section with a brief introduction to that segment of the Reformation.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Trevin Wax on October 19, 2008
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Denis Janz's compilation of relevant primary texts for the Reformation is a great place to begin serious study on Reformation theology.

Janz begins with several texts from the medieval period that help one understand the Catholic theology being "protested" in later years.

Also interesting are the "precursors" to the Reformation found in men like Bradwardine, people who were rediscovering Augustinian theology, though maintaining their Catholic beliefs.

Janz selects texts from Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, the Anabaptists, Roman Catholic apologists, and the major confessions of faith and Reformed catechisms.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian L. Myfelt on February 17, 2010
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This is a required text for my seminary class. I find it a helpful collection of writings that saves time in the library from hunting all of the individual primary sources. The translations seem readable and the selections allow a better knowledge of the subject than text books about the subject. Choices are always made in any edited work, but the choices seem to have been well made to promote understanding of the changes to the the church in the 15th and 16th centuries.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Sporleder on January 22, 2015
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My book came ripped and it looks like it has severe water damage. I paid $40 for this book, and in my own personal opinion I do not think it is worth more than $20.
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