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As a faithful Catholic, Karl Adam gives a historically-sensitive and accurate analysis of the causes of the Reformation, one that stands as a valid and sometimes unsettling challenge to the presuppositions of Protestants and Catholics alike....

Title : Roots of the Reformation
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ISBN : 9780970262103
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 112 Pages
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Roots of the Reformation Reviews

  • Jeff Miller
    2019-04-30 02:45

    An excellent look at what lead up to and the start of the Protestant Reformation. It reminds me of Dicken's famous opening line "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The situation of the Church at that time could boast of various saints, reform movements, the writing of "The Imitations of Christ", wide availability of devotional materials. But also extremely worldly and corrupt clergy, religious life, along with its echo among the laity. The situation in Germany was already in turmoil in regards to the Church where things like a 20 year interdict had occurred.The book lays this all out and the numerous self-inflicted wounds of the Church following the various schism and scandalous personal behaviors of some popes.It mostly concentrates on Martin Luther and provides an interesting biographical sketch of the man who was a barefoot Augustinian monk. How his personal fears regarding salvation and his narrow Occamist view of Church teaching helped to create a perfect storm of reform turned to revolt. Luther could have been a second Boniface, but instead became another Judas. It really is quite interesting how he came to rail against what he thought the Church taught instead of realizing he was looking at it via the distorted lens of the philosophy of William of Occam. There were real abuses and need of reform, instead the split led to an individualism that exists to this day. Sola Scriptura and private interpretation ends of not getting rid of the pope, but making everyman his own pope.Though this book is not a polemic against Luther and acknowledges his creative brilliance, while also showing where he went wrong.

  • Conor
    2019-05-09 02:41

    Very good book. Very helpful.

  • Michael
    2019-04-30 21:45

    Adam's gives a fair and well thought out explanation of the historical background and thoughts of reformers and counter-reformers of the most turbulent time in Church history from the times of the Church's youth.

  • Mike
    2019-05-18 21:45

    Professor Adam presents clearly written and very informative work. He undertook this in an effort to support the movement in Germany to reunite the Lutheran and Catholic denominations. He presents lessons for both denominations.

  • Chad Torgerson
    2019-04-27 05:53

    A tough read for a short book, but good information.

  • Candace Simar
    2019-04-22 00:58

    this book is highly informative. I didn't know the history of the reformation. If you have questions, as i did, you should read this book!