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The Reformation (The Penguin History of the Church #3)

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The beginning of the sixteenth century brought growing pressure within the Western Church for Reformation. The popes could not hold Western Christendom together and there was confusion about Church reform. What some believed to be abuses, others found acceptable. Nevertheless over the years three aims emerged: to reform the exactions of churchmen, to correct errors of doct ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published December 7th 1990 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1964)
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Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in a series about the history of the Christian church. It is a very quick, but good overview of the events and people involved in the reformation. The chronology is a little easier to follow in this book than with others in the series, but the focus is more on broader themes that come from the reformation. Several sections focus on key individuals in the reformation like Luther and Calvin.
Ruth
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great overview capturing more emotion of the reformation the previous books I read on the subject.
Rob Markley
The first thing to be said is that disappointingly for those likely to pick up a 'Pelican History of the Church', this is not a history of the reformation - rather it is more like just thoughts and reflections on the reformation period. It covers far more than the reformation itself but doesn't really explain the reformation or indeed anything else - rather it's an expert musing on a range of topics. That being said there is lots of good material herein. However there is also far too much unexpl ...more
Timothy Stead
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Still a decent account of the Reformation, although old-fashioned and far too Britain-centered in its scope. Chadwick never really gets a grip on why the issues debated during the Reformation were so vitally important to common people or on the ways in which the slow dividing of Europe along confessional lines affected ordinary life. His treatment is based heavily around portraits of a few great men - Luther, Calvin, Henry VIII, etc. - to the exclusion of much else.
For a far superior introductio
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Daniel Silliman
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Why did Reformation happen when it happened and how? Why did Reformation happen differently in different places? What did the different groups of Protestants disagree over? What was the Catholic church like when the Protestants protested and what was it like after? How did an average layman in an average church in England or Sweden or Germany experience the tectonic shifts of the time?

This book answers the big questions--and some of the little ones--about this period of church history that still
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Lauren Albert
It says something that Chadwick finally helped me understand (and in a way I can easily articulate) the difference between Calvinists and Lutherans. It is a thorough and lucid discussion of the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation as well as the roles that politics played (and vice versa) in both. The lucidity is notable since he manages not to oversimplify matters.
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Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chadwick’s Reformation is a fine introductory survey of the political and institutional motivations of the period. For devotional and theological considerations, one may find it a bit lacking.
Mikhail Belyaev
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Concise introduction to the history of Reformation. The author focuses more on political events, everyday life of the clergy and laymen. The theological debates are outlined but not discussed in detail.
Zach
Nov 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Chadwick is probably my favorite author of the Penguin History series. But I did like his book on the early church much better but that might be because that I find that era of history more fascinating than this one.
Stephen Harvey
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent summary of the reformation and the counter reformation. It has made me want to read more on the period.
Richard Wright
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Great teaching tool. Enjoyable read. Covers so much territory in a small book.
Jeremy
Alan Jacobs: Diarmaid McCullough (whose massive book on the Reformation is probably the best one out there) has called Chadwick's book the best short version on the subject.
Christopher Earl
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is slightly old but very informative
Simon
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, phd-reading
Good stuff. Well balanced between sweeping historical survey and more intimate case studies. More than worth one's time.
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William Owen Chadwick, OM, KBE, FBA, FRSE, was a British Anglican clergyman, academic, writer and prominent historian of Christianity. He was also a rugby union player. He was Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge, from 1956 to 1983, Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History from 1958 to 1968, and Regius Professor of History from 1968 to 1983.
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