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“Rarely does one find such a rich combination of historical theology and passionate exegetical argument. This is a warm, pastoral, and rigorous defense of the central claims of the Reformation. It also includes a defense of this common heritage from the perspective of Anabaptist/Baptist distinctives that recognizes important differences with the magisterial Reformers. For both reasons, Why the Reformation Still Matters represents an important contribution to ongoing conversations in the global church.”
—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Seminary California; author, Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story
“Authors Michael Reeves and Tim Chester have made a solid contribution to the commemoration of the Reformation in their clear account of what the major Reformers, especially Martin Luther and John Calvin, taught about Jesus, God’s grace, Scripture, the sacraments, and other important subjects. With the five-hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses quickly approaching, this timely book underscores the vital importance of what he and other early Protestants devoted their lives to teaching.”
—Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame; editor, Protestantism after 500 Years
“Reeves and Chester clearly and straightforwardly explain the vital importance of the Reformation, summarize its message, and show its ongoing relevance. Why the Reformation Still Matters may be only two hundred pages long, but it vibrates with life. A brilliant achievement by two modern-day doctors of the church, and a great little book.”
—Sinclair B. Ferguson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas
“If there are any doubts over whether the Reformation still matters or whether the church needs to be always reforming, Reeves and Chester dispel them. Winsome and wise, this book provides solid reasons to be Protestant and offers biblically and historically accurate accountings of key doctrinal formulations. As Protestant Christians around the world celebrate the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation, they will find strong encouragement here. Semper Reformanda!”
—Sean Michael Lucas, Senior Minister, The First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Associate Professor of Church History, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
About the Author
Michael Reeves (PhD, King’s College, London) is president and professor of theology at Union School of Theology in Oxford. He is the author of Delighting in the Trinity, Rejoicing in Christ, and The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation.
Tim Chester (PhD, University of Wales) is a pastor of Grace Church, Boroughbridge, and curriculum director of the Acts 29-Oak Hill Academy, which provides integrated theological and missional training for church leaders. He is the coauthor of Total Church and is the author of over thirty books, including You Can Change, A Meal with Jesus, and Good News to the Poor.
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Authors Michael Reeves and Tim Chester address this question thoroughly, with grace and truth, in their book Why the Reformation Still Matters. Each of the eleven chapters takes on a central theological question in which the reformers confronted RC theology and practice. The chapters first examine the historical setting/teaching of the RC church, followed by the response of the reformers, then the contemporary teaching of the RC church, and finally how and why the theological chasm between the two faith traditions still exists today. In themselves, each chapter alone presents a sufficient reason why the Reformation still matters, but taken together the force of the whole book makes a compelling case for us to study, understand, celebrate, and apply the reformation in our lives and our churches today.
Consider for a moment the importance of the questions each of the chapters addresses:
Justification: How can we be saved?
Scripture: How does God speak to us?
Sin: What is wrong with us?
Grace: What does God give us?
The Theology of the Cross: How do we know what is true?
Union with Christ: Who Am I?
The Spirit: Can we truly know God?
The Sacraments: Why do we take the bread and wine?
The Church: Which congregation should I join?
Everyday Life: What difference does God make on Monday mornings?
Joy and Glory: Does the reformation still matter?
The implications of how one answers these questions are enormous. I would encourage anyone to read this book and think deeply upon their own answers to these questions.
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