1517 - 2017
1517 - 2017
From the revolutionary events 500 years ago that sparked the Reformation to today, The Unfinished Reformation takes a nuanced and thoughtful look at doctrine, practice, and how Protestants and Catholics can have fruitful discussions about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Discover More
Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations, often referred to as the ‘solas’: sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five statements summarize much of what the Reformation was about, and they distinguish Protestantism from other expressions of the Christian faith. Protestants place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to do all things for God’s glory. Discover More
Katharina von Bora, wife of Martin Luther, was by any measure the First Lady of the Reformation. Important as she was, she would remain unknown to us were it not for her larger than life husband. Unlike other Reformation women, her primary vocation was not related to ministry. She was a farmer and a brewer with a boarding house the size of a Holiday Inn—and all that with a large family and nursing responsibilities. In many ways, Katie was a modern woman—a Lean In woman or a modern-day version of a Proverbs 31 woman. Katharina’s voice echoes among modern women, wives and mothers who have carved out a career of their own. Decisive and assertive, she transforms Martin Luther into at least a practicing egalitarian. Katharina was a full partner who complemented her husband, a no-nonsense, confident and determined woman, a starke Frau who did not cower when confronted by a powerful man. Ruth Tucker invites readers to visit Katie Luther in her sixteenth-century village life—with its celebrations and heartaches, housing, diet, fashion, childbirth, child-rearing and gender restrictions—and to welcome her today into our own living rooms and workplaces. Discover More
In its actual historical context, it hardly seems fair to call the Reformation a “mistake.” In 1517, the Church was in need of a spiritual and theological reform. The issues raised by Renaissance humanism—and by the profound corruption of the Church’s leaders, the Avignon papacy, and the Great Schism in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries—lingered unresolved. What were key factors that led to the Reformation? Were they significant enough to cause the Church to split?
Theologian Matthew Levering helps evangelical readers see these questions from a Catholic perspective. Surveying ten key themes—Papacy, Mary, Eucharist, Monasticism, Merit, Purgatory, Saints, Justification, Priesthood, and Scripture—he explains the positions of Calvin and Luther and makes a case that the Catholic position, as it has developed, and even as it was then, is biblically defensible and should not have been Church-dividing.
The book concludes with a response by Protestant Reformed theologian Kevin J. Vanhoozer.