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Crisis and Renewal: The Era of the Reformations (Westminster History of Christian Thought) (Westminster Histories of Christian Thought) (The Westminster History of Christian Thought) Paperback – January 27, 2009
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Crisis and Renewal does provide a correct timeline consisting of events that actually happened, but that is about all I can say in its favor. The author claims in the first chapter that: "this volume will attempt to avoid the confessionalism that has marred some of the past efforts to understand the time of reform. It has been rather well documented that one of the most significant keys to reading histories of the Reformation in prior times has been knowing the confessional placement of the author... There were 'good guys' and 'bad guys' for such an approach to the history of the time." Without going a page further, the astute reader will ask why, at the very outset, the author is at such pains to disclaim any confessional affiliation? The answer is that he protests too much: knowing that Professor Holder is a Calvin scholar will give readers from diverse theological traditions a much better understanding of this book, and will bring clarity at the moments when the author skirts dangerously close to some of the more egregious Sunday School romanticisms about the era. I would have given this book a much more favorable review (although I probably would not have read it) if its author had stated forthrightly that it was written from a distinctly Calvinist viewpoint. Its false insistence that it is confessionally unbiased leaves a bad taste.Read more ›