Thursday 9 July 2009

Michael Reeves on the Reformation

Michael Reeves, The Unquenchable Flame: Introducing the Reformation (Nottingham: IVP, 2009), 192pp., ISBN 9781844743858.

This was my ‘tube reading’ (the reading I do on the way to and from work) a few weeks back, and a thoroughly enjoyable romp it was as well (I nearly missed my stop twice).

Currently the Theological Advisor for UCCF, Mike has written a truly engaging narrative of Reformation history from medieval background and precursors, through the usual suspects – Luther, Zwingli, Calvin – taking in the Reformation in Britain and what came after with the Puritans, right up to contemporary discussions as to whether or not the Reformation is over.

Along the way he clears up some misconceptions, nicely emphasises important points related to (for instance) justification by faith and Scripture in an account which is sympathetic without being sycophantic.

The book is supplemented by an excellent collection of online resources – The Unquenchable Flame – for those who’d like to explore further.

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