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1 BOOK SUMMARY THE REFORMATION HOW A MONK AND A MALLET CHANGED THE WORLD AUTHOR STEPHEN J. NICHOLS SUBMITTED TO PROFESSOR CHARLES BUSSEY BY YVONNE BUCHANAN LIBERTY UNIVERSITY ONLINE CHHI 110 February 15, 2015
2 Table of Content Introduction page 4 Importance of History page 5 The Role Played by Martin Luther in Reformation page 6 The Swiss Reformer page 7 The Anabaptists page 8 John Calvin page 9 The British Reformist page 10 The Puritans page 11 The Role of Women in Reformation page 12 Conclusion page 13
3 Introduction History is important to Christians and not only the Biblical history but even history on the development of the church. Church history presents examples of Christians such as Martin Luther, and John Calvin who worked towards the reformation of the church and some met brutal deaths. History also enables Christians to understand that they are not holy than the people who existed in the past. By understanding history on reformation, Christians learn their predecessors’ faith, which ultimately strengthens faith. The book gives a brief history to reformation and stating the people involved and the countries. The book starts with Martin Luther and describes
4 the reformation in Germany where the church reformation began. It then moves to Ulrich Zwingli and Switzerland and later to the Anabaptists. It describes the John Calvin, Thomas Crammer, John Knox, and then moves to the Puritans. The last chapter is reserved for women who contributed to the reformation. Most of the women are wives of the reformers and others made important contributions to the reformation process. It is important for Christians to read history on reformation to gain insight on the source of freedom of religion and diversity in religion today. About 600 million are Protestants today belonging to different denominations, and this is an impact of the contributions made by reformers in the past. The Church today and the freedom and individuality of religion are products of the actions of reformers who dedicated their lives in the reformation of the church. Importance of History The first chapter stress on the importance of History in Christianity. The author uses the Bible to show that the history of Christians matters and it are important to analyses past events to understand the present position of the church. The title of the chapter 500 years and still going on strong shows that the church has come far and it is still making changes that matter. The author introduces the chapter by reminding the readers about the Old Testament specifically the exodus. The Israelites were supposed to remember the exodus and the covenant they made with God when he took to the Promised Land. The Israelites had a tradition of building a monument or naming a place after a significant occurrence to ensure that other generations learn of what the Lord had to the people. Remembering the History was crucial to the Israelites because it brought them closer to God but when they ignored the History, they failed. History is important to

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