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Michael Reeves and Tim Chester. Why the Reformation Still Matters.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 30th 2016.  224 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

A timely book I read in light of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, though this book was published a year ago (2016).  This book is written with the general Christian readers in mind and argues that the Reformation still matters and why it matters is because the doctrines recovered in the Reformation are biblical and has implication for our lives today.  Whether you are a general Protestant or you are new to Reformed theology or you are a seasoned saints in a Reformed church or a non-Christian curious about Christianity this book would be edifying for all who read it.  While this book is pretty basic concerning Reformed theology I found that even as a pastor who daily read Reformed writers I was much encouraged in the faith by this work.

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This is a book review as part of our blog’s celebration of Reformation 500.

Alec Ryrie.  Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World. New York, NY: Viking, April 6th 2017. 627 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This book was published in the timely year that is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation which began when Martin Luther started raising concern with the corruption of the Catholic Church that eventually led to Luther’s recovery of the doctrine of justification by faith alone, among other things.  Here the author Alec Ryrie examines Protestantism historically as a movement.  Ryrie also evaluated the impact that Protestantism has had for good or for bad in history.  Given how much Protestantism has shaped world history and has contributed to what society and civilization looks like today, this is indeed a fascinating book for both Protestants and non-Protestants alike.

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