The Reformation’s Continuing Legacy and Relevance
Moore College has published a significant collection of its 2017 Reformation papers through Apollos an imprint of Inter-Varsity Press. The book was launched at morning tea on the second day of the two-day 2017 School of Theology conference held this week, which had 80 people in attendance. All the copies of the book sold out in minutes at the launch.
The book, titled Celebrating the Reformation: Its Legacy and Continuing Relevance, is divided into three parts. It opens with an introduction by Gerald Bray about why the reformation still matters. Then the first part looks at ‘The Chief Players’ which includes 8 chapters exploring Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Melanchthon, Bullinger, Bucer, Cranmer and Katherin Zell.
The second part looks at the ‘Key Doctrines’, Salvation through Christ alone, justification by faith alone, scripture alone, the priesthood of all believers and discipleship in all of life.
The third part is ‘The Reformation in Retrospect’. This looks at the reception of the reformation in the 17th, 18th, 19th 20th centuries as well as the Reformation in Australia.
The contributors to this book are Andrew Bain, Colin R. Bale, Rhys S. Bezzant, Gerald Bray, Martin Foord, David A. Höhne, Chase Kuhn, Andrew Leslie, Edward Loane, John McClean, Joe Mock, Michael J. Ovey, Tim Patrick, Mark D. Thompson, Stephen Tong, Jane Tooher and Dean Zweck.
Dr Ed Loane Moore College lecturer in theology and church history and co-editor of the book, said, “This weighty book is an informative and stimulating read where top scholars share their research on Reformers, key Reformed doctrine and the reception of this theology in the centuries since. I think this book will help people grapple with issues at the heart of Christianity and the continuing relevance of the sixteenth century Reformation for today.”
Moore’s principal Dr Mark Thompson spoke of the significance of this volume: “the publication of this book is a major part of the Reformation celebrations at Moore College this year. Here is a book that brings together high level scholarship and pastoral relevance. We can see why the Reformation remains important and its stand for biblical truth needs to be made again and again in our very different context.”
A blurb about the book from the publisher
Celebrating the Reformation: Its Legacy And Continuing Relevance
By Mark D. Thompson, Edward Loane, Colin Bale
Too often, the Reformers and their doctrines have been caricatured, misrepresented or misappropriated in the service of agendas they would never have recognized, let alone endorsed. Happily, there has been a great deal of fine scholarship in recent years that has exploded some of these myths, but it has not always been accessible to non-specialists.
The intention of Celebrating the Reformation is that Christians today will find new cause to rejoice in what God did in the sixteenth century through weak and fallible men and women. These people sought, in their own context, to submit themselves to the word of God and lead his people in a godly and faithful response to the gospel of grace.
Three sections deal with the chief Reformers, key doctrines and the Reformation in retrospect. Each contribution seeks to connect its subject to the present, making clear its relevance for today. The Reformation is not a dead movement but a living legacy that can still capture the imagination and encourage men and women in their own Christian discipleship.