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Was the Reformation a mistake?

In its actual historical context, it hardly seems fair to call the Reformation a "mistake". In 1517, the Church was in need of a spiritual and theological reform. The issues raised by Renaissance humanism - and by the profound corruption of the Church's leaders, the Avignon papacy, and the Great Schism in the 14th and 15th centuries - lingered unresolved. What were key theological problems that led to the Reformation?

Theologian Matthew Levering helps listeners see these questions from a Catholic perspective. Surveying nine key themes - Scripture, Mary, Eucharist, Monasticism, Justification and Merit, Saints Priesthood, and Scripture - he examines the positions of Martin Luther and makes a case that the Catholic position is biblically defensible once one allows for the variety of biblically warranted modes of interpreting Scripture. At the same time, Levering makes clear that he cannot "prove" the Catholic case.

The book concludes with a spirited response by "mere Protestant" theologian Kevin J. Vanhoozer.

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Fascinating!

The best resource I've come across to understand the great Reformation debate. Levering boldly presents Luther's strongest arguments against the Catholic Church, offers his "Biblical Reflections" in favor of Biblical Catholicism on nine key teachings, and this fine book concludes with a smack down of "Biblical Catholicism" by Kevin Vanhoozer. Levering's typological arguments are absolutely fascinating and Vanhoozer's rebuttal is equally compelling. It's all done in a gentlemanly style debate and has so much to offer for anyone willing to consider both sides.

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