Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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The History of the Reformation by J. H. Merle D’Aubigne (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1976 reprint, 876 pages). Reviewed by Dr. George W. Dollar.
This is a reprint of the classic work on the Protestant Reformation. Few men ever lived who understood and appreciated the convictions and the controversies of the Reformers as much as Dr. Merle D’Aubigne, the last evangelical on the faculty of the University of Geneva. Students of that period of history have always been in his debt for the magnificent and thrilling account of the darkness and debaucheries which the reformers opposed and from which they rescued, by the Grace of God, so many European souls.
Some years ago Moody Press extracted part of this history and published it under The Life and Times of Martin Luther. This was a step in the right direction. Baker Book House has now come out with this well-bound reprint of this magnificent work. Few living today realize the depths of depravity and superstition to which Europe had descended by 1500. This was true of the clergy as well as the common people. The only answer then was the knowledge of the truth of God. In no other way could this despicable situation be redeemed to any measureable extent. It was at that time that the Lord was pleased to send forth a mighty work of the Holy Spirit. Luther, Bucer, Calvin, Knox, Zwingli, and others were human instruments
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that became strong instruments in the hands of the Lord as He caused a great light to shine on the European landscape. Europe and the world will never be the same again because of the Bible truths which the reformers experienced themselves and to which they gave their lives. While the Roman Church sank farther and farther into the swamplands of traditions, hypocrisies, and fraudulent religion, some people escaped this vast arena of error, darkness, and the power of evil men in authority on the Tiber River. Students of Church History will need to read again D’Aubigne’s great work. Written in its most readable style so that the common man “may understand it and appreciate it with a vivid insight into the context of the times, this work will continue to be the outstanding study of the Reformation and its times. Even busy pastors owe it to themselves to read this book although it is one in its present form of 867 pages. We, therefore, say a sincere thank you to Baker Book House for this marvelous contribution to our understanding of Reformation days.
Israel -A Biblical View by William Sanford LaSor (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Ermans Pub. Co., 1976, 108 pages, paper, $2.45). Reviewed by Dr. Rolland D. McCune.
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