The year 2017 was marked by all things Reformation. Conferences, interviews, podcasts, and publications of all kinds commemorated the five hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther’s famous ninety-five theses and the birth of the great movement to recover the Christian gospel.
In my judgment one of last year’s most valuable contributions in this regard is Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary, edited by Matthew Barrett. At last there is a Systematic Theology of the Reformers! Barrett has assembled various experts in Reformation thought to produce what we might call “the Systematic Theology the Reformers would have written.” Organized around the traditional theological divisions the book presents the teaching of the Reformers on Theology proper, Christology, Soteriology, and so on. So now in one (large) volume you can find condensed the collective thought of the Reformers – the systematic theology they would have written if only they had.
For teachers, preachers, and all serious students of theology, this is a must have volume.
You may have seen our interview with Dr. Barrett about this book here on Books At a Glance. Tomorrow and next Thursday we will give you brief tastes of the book on our weekly Book Summary page. You’ll not want to miss!
Fred G. Zaspel