July 9th, 2005

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Christian divisions and the hope of re-union

I've been reading an interesting book titled, Reformation: Europe's House Divided, 1490-1700, by Diarmaid MacCulloch. I've read several histories of the Reformation -- or parts of it -- before, but most of them are about the development of Protestant movements. Sometimes, they give some detail to the Catholic Counter-Reformation, as a reaction. Often, they are more-or-less polemical in nature, either defending or admiring the Reformation or a movement within it.

MacCulloch's work is more comprehensive. He has no axe to grind. He begins with a survey of the Western Church on the eve of the Reformation, exploring all the common assumptions of the time -- as well as the obvious needs for renewal that everybody was talking about.

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