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"Reformation Thought" is an acclaimed and popular introductory guide to the central ideas of the European reformation for theology and history students.
Paperback, 344 pages
Published February 16th 2001 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published December 12th 1941)
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Bill Bruno
The book is a terrific thematic overview of the Reformation. It starts out with the development of Renaissance humanism that provided a philological basis for the Reformation (direct review of Scripture in the original languages) and the heritage of scholasticism that the reformers criticized.
There is a brief biographic section of the key players that follows. This is followed by reviews of the key themes such as; justification by faith, the role of the church, predestination and so on.
What impr
Bill Martin
(Note: I combined the paperback and audible versions in this review.)

I surveyed Reformation history under one of McGrath's doctoral students, so I was nominally familiar with his narrative construction and outline of this pivotal period of Western culture. Still, McGrath managed to cram so much excellent information in this relatively small volume, I felt like the read was worth a credit in a graduate seminar. Sympathetic to the Protestant cause, McGrath is ever the scholar, elucidating not only
Fairly helpful overview of Reformation theologies -- Lutheran, Zwinglian, Calvinist, and to a certain extent Radical and Catholic. Very textbooky, clearly written for a completely secular and religiously ignorant audience (in a tone that is actually insulting to the areligious) and very biased toward the Protestant side of the Reformation. Contains no real argument, except that it sides in favour of Elizabeth Eisenstein on the role of print in the propagation of the Reformation and, in a particu ...more
A great introductory text to the Reformation. Some caricatures and exaggerations throughout, but probably necessary/unavoidable in an intro text. Also contains some "Calvin against the Calvinists" narratives that have been thoroughly debunked by Richard Muller, et al.
Mohamad Ballan
An excellent primer on Reformation thought.
Alex Nolette
I thought this book was greatly informative at a foundational level. It was my first reading of Alister McGrath but I definitely plan to read more from him.
Brian Eshleman
This book was about the texture and tone of a classroom lecture, and considering the grandeur of the material the author was handling, that was somewhat disappointing. What I mean is that he didn't really "zoom in" on particular seems and nuanced personalities in order to give the reader a real sense of the times. Meanwhile, he didn't back up enough to provide the kind of big picture application that would readily connect the questions with which these giants wrestled to those we grapple with to ...more
Timothy Maples
This is a fine introduction to the issues and actions of the Protestant Reformation. It shows the reformers as giants of the faith, while not ignoring their human foibles and errors. Living in a culture that thinks Joel Osteen is profound, modern American believers would do well to read McGrath's book and begin to learn what real Christians taught and believed.
Oct 13, 2007 Mikedinnen is currently reading it
I am about halfway through this book, and it gives a brief survey of the main figures of the Reformation. It provides the background to the Reformation, and then shows how the Reformers challenged and accepted the current Church/Political/Social culture.
Read for Dr. Whitford's seminar on Luther at Baylor (Spring 2014). Read to p. 141. Assigned pp. 1-85, 101-31, 145-96, 219-34.

Redundant at many points, maybe because the fourth edition didn't get revised carefully.
Christian Dibblee
Really liked this. All my notes are in a notebook.
good introduction to the reformation.
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Alister E. McGrath is a biochemist and Christian theologian born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and currently enjoys the Title of Distinction “Professor of Historical Theology” granted by the University of Oxford. He is the author of several books on theology and history, including In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How it Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture and The Twi ...more
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