MacCulloch has written what is widely considered to be the authoritative account of the Reformation--a critical juncture in the history of Christianity. "It is impossible to understand modern Europe without understanding these 16th-century upheavals in Latin Christianity" he writes. "They represented the greatest fault line to appear in Christian culture since the Latin and Greek halves of the Roman Empire went their separate ways a thousand years before; they produced a house divided." The resulting split between the Catholics and Protestants still divides Christians throughout the Western world. It affects interpretations of the Bible, beliefs about baptisms, and event how much authority is given to religious leaders. The division even fuels an ongoing war. What makes MacCulloch's account rise above previous attempts to interpret the Reformation is the breadth of his research. Rather than limit his narrative to the actions of key theologians and leaders of the era--Luther, Zingli, Calvin, Loyola, Cranmer, Henry VIII and numerous popes--MacCulloch sweeps his narrative across the culture, politics and lay people of Renaissance Western Europe. This broad brush approach touches upon many fascinating discussions surrounding the Reformation, including his belief that the Latin Church was probably not as "corrupt and ineffective" as Protestants tend to portray it. In fact, he asserts that it "generally satisfied the spiritual needs of the late medieval people."
MacCulloch is a top-notch historian--he uncovers material and theories that will seem fresh and inspired to Reformation scholars as well as lay readers. --Gail Hudson, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It is a very interesting book about the reformation by an author who is an expert on the history of Christianity. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
A fresh and illuminating insight but slides
A fresh and illuminating insight but scims over the depth of Papal corruption
The dust jacket and first pages of the Penguin are plastered with eulogies, of which I agree with every word. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David S Welham
A most detailed and comprehensive work on the history and theology of both the Reformation and the Counter-reformation response. Read morePublished 5 months ago by G. J. Weeks
This seems to be a fine book. The narrative is masterly assuming the author can evidence and justify his slant and if he can it means he must have juggled an absolutely massive... Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Dee
The premise of this and all this author's books is the validity of what he calls 'faith' and the supernatural, which modernity recognises as simple cases of cognitive dissonance,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Giles Penfold