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U NIVERSITY T HE R EFORMATION : H OW A M ONK AND A M ALLET C HANGED THE W ORLD A BOOK REVIEW SUBMITTED TO P ROFESSOR I N PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE R EQUIREMENTS FOR S CHOOL OF THE B IBLE B Y V IRGINIA 07 A UGUST 2017
TABLE OF CONTENTS Table of Contents 1 Introduction 2 Five Hundred Years Old and Still Going Strong 2 A Monk and a Mallet 3 Some Middle-Aged Men and a Sausage Supper 4 The Not-So-Radical Reformers 5 An Overnight Stay in Geneva 6 A King and a Divorce 7 Men in Black 7 Women in Black Too 8 Bibliography 10 1
The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World was a project conceived by Stephen Nichols who received his doctorate from Westminister Theological Seminary. Nichols is the president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries. The author provides the main thesis within the book’s introduction. The overall purpose of this manuscript is an investigation into the lives of the major players involved in the Reformation over the last two centuries and their impact on the church. 1 In addition to these biographical sketches, the appendix offers a brief selection of excerpts penned by the reformists or documents and creeds used by the church since the time of the Reformation. Because of the simplicity used in its language and eight easy to read chapters; this literature is well suited for students at the undergraduate level looking for a more comprehensive understanding on how the Reformers shaped the church today. Five Hundred Years Old and Still Going Strong The opening chapter takes the reader through a quick history lesson using the Bible and Church antiquity as its tools. The Old Testament reminds every one of God’s role in historical Judaism, specifically how the Jews flourished when they remembered their history and suffered when they ignored it. Throughout the New Testament, the Holy Spirit used the apostles to record the life of Jesus Christ and the rise of the early church. However, as Nichols points out, the learner must be cautious not to fail to distinguish between biblical and church history. 2 Studying church history allows the present age to put together all past events, both good and bad, as examples to follow or strive to avoid. The Reformation, meaning to form again or 1 Stephen J. Nichols, The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World (Good News Publishers, 2007), 11, Kindle. 2 Ibid., 14. 2
revive, serves as a classic case that illustrates this principle. 3 Centuries before the Reformation the church lost its focus on the Bible’s authority and let tradition operate all manners of the Christian religion. Martin Luther and other early reformers worked to restore the church back to its former glory when the church’s teachings centered on the Bible’s message. Luther along with other early reformers authored five distinct doctrines, known as the Five Solas, that laid the foundation for the Reformation’s beliefs. “Sola Scripture,” meaning “Scripture alone.” “Sola Gratia,” or “grace alone.” “Sola Fide,” suggesting “faith alone.”

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