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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus; Reprint edition (May 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845507010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845507015
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Carl Trueman's Reformation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is a needed corrective and powerful antidote for the spiritual anemia that has infected our chapter of church history." ~ Rick Holland(Senior Pastor, Mission Road Bible Church, Kansas City, Kansas)

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"With knowledge, wit, and clarity, Carl Trueman brings key insights from the Reformation on Christ, Scripture, and our appropriation of both to bear on the life of the modern evangelical church." ~ Michael Lawrence(Senior Pastor, Hinson Baptist Church, Portland, Oregon)

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Carl R. Trueman is Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary (PA). He is the author of a number of books, including John Owen: Reformed Catholic, Renaissance Man (Ashgate, 2007) and Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative (P and R, 2010).

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This short work by Carl Trueman is a great little summary of the reformation and some of its application.
G. A. Dietrich
And because God always fulfills His promises, one whom He has given new life will not perish--even if that one doesn't always feel like he's secure in his faith.
Aaron Armstrong
Trueman ardently examines the landscape of the Reformation and provides valuable insight as to its practical and theological importance for the church today.
Kevin M. Fiske

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. A. Dietrich on July 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
This short work by Carl Trueman is a great little summary of the reformation and some of its application. Carl Trueman is a professor of historical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA. Prior to coming to WTS in 2001 he was the senior lecturer in church history at the University of Aberdeen, where he also earned his Ph.D.

This book is actually a reprint of the same work previously published in the UK when Trueman was still at Aberdeen. The content of the book is derived from a series of lectures he did at the Evangelical Theological College of Wales in 2000. It is simply structured, with only four small chapters: (1) The Pearl of Great Price; (2) Meeting the Man of Sorrows; (3) The Oracles of God; and (4) Blessed Assurance.

Trueman's wit shines through the pages as he addresses each of the topics in the chapters. The key Trueman is arguing for is that the "Reformers are as relevant today--and is applicable to situations today--as they were in the sixteenth century" (12-13). One of the ways he demonstrates this statement is to make theology the driving force, not morality. There certainly were issues of morality that required the reformation, however, the reason the reformation happened, Trueman demonstrates, is based upon theology.

Throughout the book, Trueman primarily examines aspects of Luther and Calvin. He occasionally will draw conclusions based upon others; however, the bulk of his work surrounds Luther and Calvin. The centrality of Christ to life and to the narrative of the Scripture are what propagate throughout Trueman's work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Fiske on July 25, 2011
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What bearing and import does a movement, nearly half a century old, have on the church today? Lest we be counted guilty of what C.S. Lewis and Owen Barfield called "chronological snobbery", viewing the thinking of our own day as far superior to those who have gone before, we would do well to be reacquainted with the life, thought, and convictions of the Reformation. Carl R. Trueman, in his recently republished book, Reformation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Christian Focus, 2011), hopes to encourage the church by examining the movement known as "the Reformation," and demonstrating how "a critical appropriation of the Reformation is vital to a healthy church today."

Originally written in 1999 in order to be delivered at the Evangelical Theological College in Wales, Reformation is no less filled with the lively wit and searing insight that characterizes much of Trueman's writing today. The book is a clear demonstration that Trueman, nearly a decade younger, was still a diligent exegete of history and its significance upon contemporary Christianity.

Reformation is divided into 4 brief chapters:

Chapter 1: "The Pearl of Great Price: The Relevance of the Reformation Today" - Here, Trueman argues that "the key insights of the Reformers are as relevant today--and as applicable to situations today--as they were in the sixteenth century." Defining the Reformation in light of its broad theological contribution to the church, Truman proposes the following definition: "the Reformation represents a move to place God as he revealed himself in Christ at the centre of the church's life and thought."

Chapter 2: "Meeting the Man of Sorrows" - Trueman focuses largely upon Luther's Christology in this chapter, and particularly his "theology of the cross.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Armstrong on July 25, 2011
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What is it about the Reformation that continues to captivate and frustrate so many even to this day? Why has its theology endured; why, despite the sweeping cultural changes of the last four hundred years is it still relevant? Carl R. Trueman addressed these questions in a series of lectures delivered in July, 2000, which became the short, but poignant book, Reformation: Yesterday, Today and Tommorrow, first published by Bryntirion Press and now by Christian Focus in 2011.

Chapter one, "The Pearl of Great Price," examines the question of why we should study the Reformers at all. After all, some would say, they lived so long ago that the issues they faced don't apply to us anymore. And they would be correct. But as Trueman argues, the need is not to return to their practices per se, but rather to the principles that guided them. He explains that in studying the Reformers, "I am interested in the theological principles underlying [their] work and in understanding how those principles might be applied in practice today, given that God has not changed, our theology has not changed, but certain aspects of our culture and society have changed" (p. 18). In light of this goal, he helpfully defines the Reformation as representing "a move to place God as he has revealed himself in Christ at the centre of the church's life and thought" (p. 19). Therefore, if the Reformers are relevant today, it is only because of their desire to place Christ at the center of all things. This naturally led them to place a high emphasis on a theology of the Cross, the Scriptures and the blessedness of the assurance of salvation, each of which Trueman covers in the subsequent three chapters.
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