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IS THE REFORMATION OVER? Reformation Reoriented Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom evaluate the Catholic/evangelical detente in Is the Reformation Over? Reviewed by Collin Hansen an associate editor of Christianity Today ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Is the Reformation Over?: An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism by Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom Baker Academic, 2005 272 pages, $24.99 It shows how much things have changed that Wheaton College historian Mark Noll and freelance writer Carolyn Nystrom need to remind readers what Catholic/evangelical relations used to look like. Evangelical polemics lack the bite of yesteryear, as illustrated by this 1873 quote in the introduction: "The most formidable foe of living Christianity among us is not deism or atheism, or any form of infidelity, but the nominally Christian church of Rome." But anyone who has read Luther or Calvin and cringed at their stinging rebukes of Roman "papists" recognizes that we don't live in the reformers' days. Political cooperation in America and the moral leadership of Pope John Paul II have prompted these historical Christian rivals to temper their rhetoric. Such a bold title promises much, but Noll and Nystrom are quick to point out that there is no simple answer to their question, "is the Reformation over?" Rather than offering a grand thesis, therefore, they survey the historical territory of Catholic/evangelical relations and measure contemporary Catholicism by the criteria of classic Reformation ideals. In doing so, they have produced an excellent guide to the ecumenical strides already taken and the serious doctrinal differences that remain.
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  • Fall '17
  • PROF FRED
  • Christianity, Pope John Paul II, Mark Noll, Carolyn Nystrom

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