Today marks the 500th year of the Protestant Reformation. The word Reformation is sadly overused in Scotland. One would hear it at least a few times a week. In Scotland, my observation was that people often used the Reformation as an excuse to be unkind to other Christians who were different to them.
Now that we live in England, I haven’t heard much about the Reformation. Due to my lack of full mobility, I have recently started reading quite extensively . Since this year marks the 500th year of the Reformation, what better book to read than a book on the Reformation?
Why the Reformation still matters is excellent for anyone wanting a summary of the Reformation. It is written by Michael Reeves and Tim Chester. I found the book particularly interesting now that I am away from Scotland where as mentioned earlier the word Reformation is overused and sadly misused too!
One thing that struck me about the Reformation is that it was not the work of one person, Martin Luther. He certainly was the main driving force and there is no denying that. However, I realised that there were others like Zwingli who had an input and whose views were not identical to Luther’s.
For example, Luther’s view is that The Word and The Supper are combined in a weekly act of worship whereas Zwingli disagreed. Zwingli said that the Word is central to weekly worship with the Supper celebrated three or four times a year.
I fear that as Protestant Christians we are moving more and more away from the Reformation principles but more towards Medievel Roman Catholicism.
Maybe we need a new Martin Luther to pull us back to the straight and narrow!