James Atkinson’s masterly analysis of Martin Luther’s role in the Reformation is volume 4 in the Paternoster Church History series, edited by F.F. Bruce. It also covers Calvin, Zwingli, Henry VIII, Edward VI,. Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I.
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James Atkinson, The Great Light. Luther and Reformation. The Paternoster Church History, Vol. IV. Exeter: The Paternoster Press, 1968. PHbk. ISBN: 085364084X. pp.287. [Click to visit the download page]
- Luther’s Discovery of Evangelical Theology
- Luther Teaches Evangelical Theology
- The Papacy Repudiates Evangelical Theology
- Luther Faces the Problems of the Reformation
- Luther’s Reconstruction of the Church in Saxony on Evangelical Principles, 1525-32
- Developments to the Death of Charles V, 1532-58
- Zwingli and His Background
- The Reformation in Switzerland
- Calvin’s Life and Work
- Calvin’s Theology
- The Reign of Henry VIII, 1509-47
- The Reign of Edward VI, 1547-53
- The Marian Reaction, 1553-8
- Scotland: Saviour of the Reformation
- Elizabeth, 1558-1603
- The Church Under Elizabeth
- Chronological Tables
The Reformation has a significance that is permanent, for in that century the Reformers everywhere in Europe challenged a faithless, secularized Church with the authority of the original Gospel, a challenge that is relevant at all times and in all places to both Protestant and Catholic alike. This volume deals with Luther’ s fruitless struggle to find a gracious God, through which agony God found him; his consequent reformation of the Church by this rediscovered evangelical theology of faith in Christ only; his stand against Pope and Emperor on the unshakeable ground of the Bible, conscience and common sense; his establishment of the evangelical Church in Saxony. There is recounted the brief, tragic history of Zwingli, and his somewhat Erasmian reformation of Zürich and the surrounding region….