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Getting the Reformation Wrong : Correcting Some Misunderstandings - James R Payton Jr

Getting the Reformation Wrong

Correcting Some Misunderstandings

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Published: 8th August 2010
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Getting the Reformation wrong is a common problem. Most students of history know that Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the Wittenberg Church door and that John Calvin penned the Institutes of the Christian Religion. However, the Reformation did not unfold in the straightforward, monolithic fashion some may think. It was, in fact, quite a messy affair. Using the most current Reformation scholarship, James R. Payton exposes, challenges and corrects some common misrepresentations of the Reformation. Getting the Reformation Wrong: places the Reformation in the context of medieval and Renaissance reform efforts analyzes conflicts among the Reformers corrects common misunderstandings of what the Reformers meant by sola fide and sola Scriptura examines how the Anabaptist movement fits in with the magisterial Reformation critiques the post-Reformational move to Protestant Scholasticism explores how the fresh perspective on the Reformation could make a difference in today's churches

"Getting the Reformation Wrong gets the Reformation right. All students of the Reformation, whether academic or just interested, must read this book. It rightly sets the record straight about the great people and ideas of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations of the sixteenth century in a refreshingly engaging style."--Roger Olson, author of The Story of Christian Theology
"The title is provocative, but what James R. Payton Jr. has in mind is not the overthrowing of generations of scholarship on the Reformation, but the use of the best scholarship to guide and correct misleading impressions often held by the common reader and Christian laypeople: for example, that the Reformation was a revolutionary bolt from the blue, that the principle of sola scriptura meant a wholesale rejection of Catholic theological tradition, that the Catholic Church was truculent over against the Protestant assault, refusing all efforts at reform, and the like. These notions are indeed false. On this basis of 'getting wrongs right, ' the book proves to be a lively narrative that tells the story of the most important epoch in the history of the church in a clear, understandable, unfussy manner, yet one rich in detail. I appreciate especially Payton's sober conclusion on the tragic elements of what the sixteenth century wrought."--Walter Sundberg, professor of church history, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
"Dr. Payton's new book, Getting the Reformation Wrong, is a refreshing and stimulating look at the events of the sixteenth century and their implications. He combines a solid understanding of the scholarship with a sensitivity to the faith issues involved, particularly for Christians of all types who may be reading these pages. Ending with reference to the worldwide Protestant missionary movement, he urges his readers to consider the tension between the triumph and the tragedy that are both the legacies of these long-ago events in a way that moves the discussion of the challenges of being a Protestant Christian right up to the present."--Helen Vreugdenhil, assistant professor of history, Redeemer University College
"Payton's corrections to the popular Reformation mythos is refreshing. Similarly refreshing is his acknowledgement of the modern Church's indebtedness to the early Church."--Douglas M. Beaumont, Christian Apologetics Journal, Fall 2011
refreshingly engaging style."--Roger Olson, author of The Story of Christian Theology

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Prefacep. 13
Introductionp. 17
The Medieval Call for Reformp. 23
The Renaissance: Friend or Foe?p. 52
Carried Along by Misunderstandingsp. 72
Conflict Among the Reformersp. 89
What the Reformers Meant by Sola Fidep. 116
What the Reformers Meant by Sola Scripturap. 132
How the Anabaptists Fit Inp. 160
Reformation in Romep. 173
Changing Direction: From the Reformation to Protestant Scholasticismp. 190
Was the Reformation a Success?p. 211
Is the Reformation a Norm?p. 234
The Reformation as Triumph and Tragedyp. 246
Name Indexp. 261
Subject Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780830838806
ISBN-10: 0830838805
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 8th August 2010
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.4