I was drawn to this book, Reformation 500 by Ray Van Neste and J. Michael Garrett, because it celebrates the Reformation; while there were multiple reformations, the main and most renowned reformation discussed in the book is the one begun by Martin Luther.
The ultimate question explored in the book is: Is the Reformation still relevant today? The answer is simply yes. This book clearly explains why we should still celebrate the Reformation after 500 years – the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ shared throughout the world, Bible translations, etc. This is to be celebrated because it reformed the Church as well as brought the Gospel to the forefront again. Another wonderful byproduct of the Reformation was the increasing focus on the need for Biblical literacy (and literacy for the general public); once the translations of the Bible began, it made sense that the Church members whether rich or poor needed to be able to read it. Eventually it meant that schools would teach more and more students – that process is not discussed in this book, but it’s something to celebrate as an outcome of the Reformation.
Ray Van Neste and J. Michael Garrett edited this collection of essays. Some topics within the Reformation explored in this book include: The Lollard Movement, Anabaptists, Baptist origins, John Calvin, Martin Luther, the marks of the True Church, Augustine, the Lord’s Supper, preaching in the English Reformation, how the Reformation affected literature, worship music, Rembrandt, contemporary higher education, and more.
I give this book five out of five stars. This book opened my eyes to things I didn’t know before about the Reformation, and I would recommend it for others to read (especially those interested in the Reformation and Church history. I am a part of the B&H bloggers, and I received this book in exchange for an honest review.