CHURCH HISTORY & Reformation Myths: 5 Centuries of Misconceptions & (some) Misfortunes

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: Over the years one of my favorite researchers has been Pulitzer Prize nominee and Baylor U. professor Rodney Stark. He recently released (just in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation) a book titled, Reformation Myths: Five Centuries of Misconceptions and (some) Misfortunes. To better understand how the history of the Reformation has been screwed and politicized over the years, students of Church history should read this book. Stark points out that the Reformation was for many people about politically breaking with the ruling powers, not spiritual growth or piety. Unlike the revivals of the Wesleyan’s and Methodists 200 years later, these earlier attempts at reformation downplayed personal piety and a up-played political provincialism. Read this important book for a better understanding in your preaching, teaching and knowledge about the Reformation on its 500 anniversary.