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The Catholicity of the Reformation
POD; Published: 12/11/1996
ISBN: 978-0-8028-4220-6
Price: $ 15.50
112 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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As the title of this learned collection of essays suggests, "catholicity" was the true intent of the Reformation. The Reformers did not set out to create what later came to be known as Protestant Christianity. Theirs was a quest for reformation and renewal in continuity with the "one holy catholic and apostolic church" of ancient times.

This informed and informative book continues the appeal of previous voices that have pointed out the catholic intention of the Reformation — such voices as those of Friedrich Heiler, Philip Schaff, and Paul Tillich, to name only a few — and calls the heirs of the Reformation, both pastors and churches, to be faithful to the evangelical and catholic elements of the great Christian tradition.

  • Carl E. Braaten
  • James R. Crumley
  • Gunther Gassmann
  • Robert W. Jenson
  • Frank C. Senn
  • Robert L. Wilken
  • David S. Yeago
Geoffrey W. Bromiley
"These essays try to rescue the term catholic from exclusive association with Roman Catholicism. Written from a Lutheran orientation, they plead for an evangelical catholicity. The authors cover such main themes as liturgy and ministry, and a survey of some of the texts used by Barth reveals a close affinity between Lutheran Pietism and catholic piety."