Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Reading the Reformation

Happy Reformation Day! For those interested in gaining and introduction to the Reformation I recommend the following works:

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H. Bainton. (This is the definitive biography on Luther)

The European Reformations by Carter Lindberg. (Thought it is a textbook on all the various forms and branches of the reformations in Europe, it does not read as such. It is the most thorough introduction to the Reformation I've seen.)

Theology of the Reformers by Timothy George (Dr. George is a recongized reformation historian. This work deals with the teachings and theology behind the leading protestant reformers of the 16th Century. Including: Luther, Calving, Zwingli, and Menno Simmons.)

Martin Luther: A Gudied Tour of His Life and Thought by Stephen J. Nichols (For a briefer introduction to Luther's life see this sketch done by Nichols. It's a simple but informative read.)

The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther. (This is Luther's greatest work and gets at the very heart of the what the Reformation was about.)

The 95 Theses by Martin Luther. (The work that sparked the Reformation.)


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