Protestants and Catholic Row in Germany

As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches. A fierce row between Catholics and Protestants in Germany is the result of a misunderstanding, a German theologian has claimed. Lutheran leaders had invited the Catholic Church to join them in commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther published his 95 theses. Luther…

Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible

We spoke about Study Bibles yesterday, and here is yet another one for the Reformed (Anglican?) folk coming out this year: Reformation Heritage KJV (King James Version) Study. The sampler is here. The notes – as would be expected – seem to be copious. It should be ready in Fall, which for the rest of us (i.e. those who…

Is Anglicanism a Variant of Lutheranism?

“Variant” may not be quite the right word. But in this very engaging episode of “Anglicans Unscripted,” Peter Ould, a CofE priest (and blogger and Twitterer), offers his take on Anglican identity, that shape-shifting wonder of the Christian world. Even though Henry VII was just a selfish Roman Catholic, basically, men like Cranmer and Ridley…

Catholics and Lutherans to Mark Reformation Split Together

500 years on… Senior Roman Catholic and  Lutheran officials announced on Monday they would mark the 500th  anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 as a shared event rather than highlight the clash that split Western Christianity. The Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) presented a report in Geneva admitting both were guilty of  harming Christian unity…

The End of the Reformation in England?

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, hails it: The outpouring of public grief over the death of Diana Princess of Wales marked the moment England returned to its Roman Catholic roots almost 500 years after the reformation, according to the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Acts such as showering the…

Could Church Planting Networks be Reform’s Ordinariate?

Cranmer’s Curate: The Anglo-Catholics have a home to go to in the Ordinariate once  women bishops are appointed in the Church of England. But what about  conservative evangelicals in Reform? Once a single  clause women bishops’ measure is enacted, as seems almost certain after  the next General Synod elections, will we as a constituency knuckle …

The Story of the Reformation Needs Reforming

The destruction of most of the libraries, music and art of England was not a religious breakthrough but a cultural calamity. Prof Eamon Duffy in The Telegraph not so long ago:   For five centuries England has been in denial about the role of Roman Catholicism in shaping it. The coin in your pocket declares the monarch…