A Reformation Debate
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A Reformation Debate

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Presents the reformation controversy over justification and church authority.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Baker Academic (first published 1967)
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Interesting primary source documents, but not a great introduction to the controversy, despite what the introduction and back cover claim.
The sum of the differences seems to be this: the Catholic view of justification is that it is done by faith and love. That is, salvation is a cooperative effort between God and us, with Him requiring us to both believe and love Him before we can be judged righteous. The Protestant view is that justification is by faith alone, whereby God requires only that we...more
Dwight Davis
This is a great resource. It's rare to come across a work that presents both the Catholic and Protestant views espoused during the period of the Reformation outside of academic/historical circles. The appendices on Calvin and Justification and the Council of Trent's declarations on justification were fantastic.

So why only three stars? This translation is really awful. If I'm remembering correctly, it's 50 years old. The language is archaic and nearly unreadable at times. It would be worthwhile t...more
Sylvan Finger
This contains two letters. One from Cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto, bishop of Carpentras in southern France and another from John Calvin, a Protestant reformer. Calvin responds to the letter of Sadoleto saying that he and his followers will no longer obey the lies of the Roman Catholic Church.

The translation is very much clear and readable.
I had the privilege of reading this book as a text at Reformed Theological Seminary. It makes clear what the Reformation was about. It consists of two parts, a letter written by Roman Catholic cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto to the people of Geneva after they had sent Calvin out, in order to persuade them to renounce the Reformed faith which had been established there, and return to the Church of Rome, and then the response that Calvin wrote urging them not to do so. Sadoleto was clever--it was clear t...more
Jacopo Sadoleto writes a letter to the city of Geneva to invite them return to the Catholic church. Calvin responds with some force. Always a delight to see these two go at the other side. As a Protestant, Sadoleto has never been convincing, perhaps his humanistic appeals to the Genevas are not appealing. But he argues starkly for the authority of the Church, its role in salvation, and the necessity of unity. Calvin articulates the positive Protestant doctrines of the Word and justification by f...more
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Though it offers important insight into the nature of religious debate in the Reformation period, this particular exchange is ultimately a deeply unsatisfying debate, and one in which neither party really seems to prove their point. Especially frustrating is this edition's clear Protestant bias -- they insert parenthetical biblical citations into the text where Calvin refers to biblical examples, but do not do the same for Sadoleto, and the introduction and references are all geared towards enco...more
This is one of the few works by John Calvin that was written rather hastily and in ad hoc fashion. Even given the circumstances in which he wrote his hasty letter back to Jacopo Sadoleto regarding the issue of justification, Calvin's theological precision and clarity is both amazing and useful for today. It also has a helpful appendix on justification.
Nov 04, 2009 Charles marked it as to-read
I read this back in my Reformation class with Dr. J. Michael Utzinger, but, with my grandfather's interest in the Calvinist denomination, I think I'll give it another once-over.
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I read the letters in seminary but not the section on the Council of Trent. I'm thinking of rereading this book after I read Calvin's Institutes this year.
Patrick Brown
A great defense of justified division within the Church.
Pieces of Sadoleto flying everywhere.
I'm wishing that Sadoleto would have written back.
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John Calvin (10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564), né Jean Cauvin, was an influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism. Originally trained as a humanist lawyer, he broke from the Roman Catholic Church around 1530. After religious tensions provoked a violent uprising against...more
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