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Reformation 500 Book Reviews

  • Trent: What Happened at the Council by John W. O'Malley, Harvard University Press, 2013. Review by Eric O. Springstead 
  • Brand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation by Andrew Pettegree, Penguin Press, 2015. Review by Ann White
  • John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion: A Biography by Bruce Gordon, Princeton University Press, 2016. Review by Eric O. Springstead

Book Reviews

New and Recent Book Reviews:

  • BrandLutherReviewBrand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation by Andrew Pettegree, Penguin Press
    2015, Review by Ann White




  • Presbyterians and American Culture: A History by Bradley J. Longfield, John Knox Press, 2013, pp. 262


  • Calvinism: A History by D.G. Hart, Yale University Press, 2013, pp. 339



  • God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World – and Why Their Differences Matter, by Stephen Prothero, New York, HarperOne, pp. 400


  • To Change the World, by James Davison Hunter. New York, Oxford University Press, pp. 286
      • Review by A. James Reichley


  • Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, by Diarmaid MacCulloch. New York, Viking, 2009. Format: Hardcover and Paperback,  1184pp.


  • Soul Searching by Christian Smith, Oxford University Press, 2005, ISBN: 019518095X, Format: Hardcover, 368pp.


  • Souls in Transition by Christian Smith, Oxford University Press, 2009, ISBN: 0195371798, Format: Hardcover, 368pp.


  • Calvin by Bruce Gordon, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2009, ISBN: 9780300120769, Format: Hardcover, 416pp.


Two of the featured speakers at past convocations of the Reformed Institute—historian Mark Noll and novelist Marilynne Robinson—have published books that should be of interest to the Institute’s clientele.

  • Home by Marilynne Robinson
        • Review by Catherine E. Saunders



  • God and Race in American Politics by Mark Noll
  • Review by A. James Reichley




  • Christianity’s Dangerous Idea—the Protestant Revolution: A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First by Alister McGrath
  • Review by Melissa Kirkpatrick
  • Review by David Van Houten


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