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1BOOK SUMMARYTHE REFORMATIONHOW A MONK AND A MALLET CHANGED THE WORLDAUTHOR STEPHEN J. NICHOLSSUBMITTED TOPROFESSOR CHARLES BUSSEYBY YVONNE BUCHANANLIBERTY UNIVERSITY ONLINECHHI 110February 15, 2015
2Table of ContentIntroduction page 4 Importance of History page 5The Role Played by Martin Luther in Reformation page 6 The Swiss Reformer page 7 The Anabaptists page 8 John Calvin page 9The British Reformist page 10The Puritanspage 11The Role of Women in Reformationpage 12Conclusionpage 13
3IntroductionHistory is important to Christians and not only the Biblical history but even history on thedevelopment 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
4the 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, andthis 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 theirlives in the reformation of the church. Importance of HistoryThe 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 tounderstand the present position of the church. The title of the chapter 500 years and still going onstrong 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