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"The unfinished reformationGreg Allison en Chris Castaldo - 19 september 2018
What Happened 500 Years Ago?
Go to a prayer vigil outside an abortion clinic and you will find
Protestants and Roman Catholics standing together in solidarity.
Probe the ranks of marriage's defenders and you will find the two
groups united. Or step into a concert of prayer in which Dutch
Reformed and Hispanic Catholic congregations are petitioning
God in unison. You may be drawn to ask an important question: Is
the Reformation finished?
We cannot judge whether it is finished, of course, unless
we understand how it began. Looking back five hundred years
confronts us with an era of momentous change in which many
Christians desired renewed faith. Men and women returned to
Scripture and the writings of the early church, igniting what some
have described as "another Pentecost" or "light after darkness." Five
centuries later, we call it the Reformation.
Not everyone, however, regarded the movement as divine
illumination. Some viewed the quest for renewal as a menacing
threat, opening the way to doctrinal error, political turmoil, and
social disorder. At the center of this disagreement was the question:
To whom did God give authority to define Christian faith? Did it
belong to the institution of the Roman Catholic Church? Or was
Scripture its own interpreter?
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