I found this 1914 volume of a 30-volume set of historical essays done by many prominent educators. What I found most interesting in this university text was the overriding confidence of the authors and endorsers that the Protestant Reformation was one of the most positive influences in the history of the world. The result it produced in solid character formation of individuals is highlighted throughout. The volume begins with a summary of the small extent of Christendom and the advancing threat of Islam in the European world, including of course, the Spanish Inquisition which was also hostile to the Jewish community. By following the men who were bold enough to step forward and declare the truths of Scripture, the Reformation began a force able to deal with dangerous and insidious philosophies. Individuals like Jerome, Colet, Wyclif, Bishops Latimer and Ridley, Luther, and Knox are heroes of the reform because their foundation was considered noble and right. In fact, I could find no negative or cynical reference to any of the religious goals or affirmations of the era. I think it a serious question to consider why these prominent universities were grounded with books like these fewer than a hundred years ago and now have nothing good to say about this history or its influence.
Local Churches and Their PastorsOctober 29, 2016
The month of October afforded me a number of opportunities to fellowship with local church pastors from various states and even countries. Though I have written on the local church a lot this year, I want to relate the blessing that I received from my fellowship with these men and also to enhance our appreciation […]
Borders, Language, and CultureAugust 1, 2016
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done […]
Why Do We Have Baptists in the First Place?December 2, 2015
In a day and age when Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in America and Baptist churches are seemingly everywhere, it is easy to ask what Baptists are all about and even why are they so prevalent. There is no short answer but I think that a brief general account of their beginnings can […]