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Roots of the Reformation Paperback – June 1, 2008
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One of the great Catholic theologians of the twentieth century, Karl Adam, shows us the engaging force of history. --Kenneth J. Howell, Ph. D.
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There is no middle ground of unity. Unity without objective truth is no unity at all.
Included in this new edition from The Coming Home Network is an update and summary from Dr. Kenneth Howell, former Presbyterian minister and theologian.
A well-reasoned and heart-wrenching appeal that should not go unnoticed. Well worth the short time it takes to read this concise but intellectually packed work. Very highly recommended.
Adam believes Luther would have become a saint if he had reformed the Church from within, but that in dividing the Body of Christ he committed one of the greatest wrongs possible. "The tragedy of the Reformation and of German Christianity - he let the warring spirits drive him to overthrow not merely the abuses in the Church, but the Church itself." Even so, Luther remained closer to Catholic belief and practice than did his Lutheran successors. Adams argues that Luther reacted against Ockhamist teaching on works which he mistakenly thought was Catholic teaching.
With the reforms of the Council of Trent, the corruption was corrected, and some of the dogma that was debatable when Luther first came to prominence took on definite form. Adams believes the differences between Luther and the Catholic Church are largely - with the exception of the role of the pope - over matters that are practices and accidents (not dogma or morals) and thus changeable.
The Roots of the Reformation is not a recent book: it received its imprimatur in 1951. Its focus is on Germany and Luther rather than on other countries and other reformers.
The forces that influenced Luther's actions were extremely powerful. Some have speculated that other centrifugal forces would have split Christianity had Luther not come to the forefront. I'm more inclined to accept that speculation after reading this text.
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This a fascinating book unfortunately it seems that parts of it are not accurate. I was raised as an evangelical and converted to a Luthern. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Danny Somerby
A perfect summary to read before tackling a more detailed book on the subject.Published 14 months ago by Bennik
Excellent material. The format for presenting the footnotes were somewhat distracting to the flow of the read, but they, indeed, provided good info. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Book bum
As the son and grandson of members of the C of E with no dissenters (until me in the family tree), I can tell you that the history of the Reformation that I was taught is Whig... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by D. Tillman
Very informative and concise. I wish I could remember everything I've learned when someone brings up the Reformation. May need to carry this book in my purse.