The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the WorldBy: Stephen J. Nichols
Stephen J. Nichols is more than a storyteller. He is truly a teacher, presenting a winning apologia for the necessity of church history and the importance of the Reformation for today. The Reformation deals with difficult questions of unity, ecumenism, and pluralism, and---despite its playful tone---it considers these issues in the spirit of the Reformation. Accordingly, The Reformation also contains an appendix of source documents, including excerpts from the Ninety-Five Theses and significant confessions and catechisms.
Table of Contents:
1.Five Hundred Years Old and Still Going Strong: Why the Reformation Matters Today
2.A Monk and a Mallet: Martin Luther and the German Reformation
3.Some Middle-Aged Men and a Sausage Supper: Ulrich Zwingli and the Swiss Reformation
4.The Not-So-Radical Radical Reformers: The Anabaptists and the Reformation
5.An Overnight Stay in Geneva: John Calvin and the Swiss Reformation
6.A King and a Divorce: The Anglicans and the British Reformation
7.Men in Black: The Puritans and the British Reformation
8.Women in Black Too: The Untold Story of Women and the Reformation
9.Appendix: In Their Own Words: Selections from Documents of the Reformation
"Professor Stephen Nichols is already well-known for his remarkable ability to make history live and sing. This new work is no exception and will simply enhance his well-deserved reputation. It is a scintillating helicopter tour of the amazing men---and wonderful women---of the Reformation. Here conviction joins with courage, holiness with humor, in a wonderful medley of Christian heroes and heroines. You will find reading this book a pleasure and a challenge-from beginning to end. But take note of this church history health warning---these pages may prove addictive!"
--Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson, First Presbyterian Church of Columbia (SC)
Stephen J. Nichols is a professor at Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School. He earned a Ph.D. fromWestminster Theological Seminary. He has written six books, most recently The Pages of Church History. He lives with his wife and two sons in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.