Book Review: “Where Christ is Present” by John Warwick Montgomery & Gene Edward VeithSeptember 20, 2015 at 6:33 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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From the back cover: Five hundred years ago, the church of Jesus Christ underwent a Reformation.
A lot happened after Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the castle church door in Wittenberg. But the fallout was not simply the start of Protestantism. The Roman Catholic Church also recast itself in response to Luther’s call for reforms. And contrary to common belief, Martin Luther did not set out to start a new church. Rather, he was trying to reform the church that already existed by reemphasizing its essence—namely, the “good news” (the gospel) that Jesus forgives and saves sinners.
The unity of the church was broken when the pope rejected this call for reform and excommunicated Luther, starting a chain of events that did lead to the institutional fracturing of Christendom and to a plethora of alternative Christian theologies. But, as many – including conservative Catholics – now admit, the church did in fact need reforming. Today, the church – including its Protestant branches – also needs reforming. Some of the issues in contemporary Christianity are very similar to those in the late Middle Ages, though others are new. But if Luther’s theology can be blamed – however unfairly – for fragmenting Christianity, perhaps today it can help us recover the wholeness of Christianity.
In the hope of that wholeness, Dr. Montgomery and Dr. Veith commissioned these essays celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, gathering some of the best contemporary voices the Lutheran church has to offer.
And we need these voices! The religious climate in the early 21st-century is simultaneously highly religious and highly secularized. It is a time of extraordinary spiritual and theological diversity. This book will propose the kind of Christianity that is best suited for our day. The remedies offered here are available by way of the same theology that was the catalyst for reforming the church five hundred years ago.
On the Eve Of All Saints Day, 1517 the Protestant Reformation was begun. Here we are five hundred years later and there are quite a few of us that have no idea that this event occurred and if they do why this event is so important. The Editors commissioned ten Theologians to write an essay on why this event was so important then and its relevance to us now. Mr. Montgomery provides an introduction as well as a conclusion. I feel that this is very important information and should be read by everyone. Can it be a bit dry at times? I would have to say yes. However the information provided within these pages is priceless.
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