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The Reformation for Armchair Theologians (Armchair Theologians)

By Glenn Sunshine (Author), Glen Sunshine (Author) & Kate Reading (Narrated by)
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Item description for The Reformation for Armchair Theologians (Armchair Theologians) by Glenn Sunshine, Glen Sunshine & Kate Reading...

This readable, accessible narrative story of the Protestant Reformation is the fifth volume of the popular series with Westminster John Knox Press intended for "armchair theologians." A solid grounding in the history of the Reformation and its leading ideas, and the inclusion of "Questions for Discussion" and "Suggestions for Further Reading" make this book excellent for study groups, or as a refreshed "course" for students, and even as a good starting point for those interested in the larger discipline of church history.

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Written by experts but designed for the nonexpert, the Armchair series provides accurate, concise, and witty overviews of some of the most profound moments and theologians in Christian history. An essential supplement for first-time encounters with primary texts, a lucid refresher for scholars and clergy, and an enjoyable read for the theologically curious. This readable, accessible narrative of the Protestant Reformation includes questions for discussion and suggestions for further reading, making this an ideal book for adult group study. Glenn S. Sunshine is Associate Professor of History at Central Connecticut University in New Britain, Connecticut. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Renaissance and Reformation History.

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Studio: Hovel Audio
Pages   1
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.64" Width: 5.22" Height: 1.06"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jul 1, 2005
Publisher   Hovel Audio
Edition  Unabridged  
Series  Armchair Theologians  
ISBN  1596442042  
ISBN13  9781596442047  

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Good Reading, Good Research  Dec 28, 2007
As a student at Central Connecticut State University I have had the good fortune of taking several courseds with Dr. Sunshine. I stumbled across this book in our library stacks while researching the political motivations of Luther's reformation: a paper for Dr. Sunshine's Reformation course.
The book reads very much like one of Dr. Sunshine's lectures. It is entertaining and educational. It can be understood by the average person but is detailed enough to keep the attention of someone pursuing a degree. I originally read it for researching my paper but now I read it for pleasure. This is a must have for anyone interested in history, Christianity, or just good reading.
Dr. Ken Moore  Apr 11, 2007
Easy to understand. Written for the average church member. Good outline to follow.
Easy, Enjoyable and Understandable  Mar 13, 2007
The Reformation for Armchair Theologians is a "good read." It provides a good and understandable outline of the Reformation with good questions for discussions.
Brief and accessible, yet comprehensive religious and political overview  Feb 21, 2007

Glenn Sunshine's book covers both religious and historical content, and does so in a readable, yet thorough manner.

One its strengths is its placement of the religious upheaval into historical (political and geographic) context. For example, an entire chapter is devoted to Spain and the Dutch Revolt. Before you think that a book giving a whole chapter to such a topic is beyond you, think again! Sunshine explains the relevance of the revolt to the Reformation and vice versa (Protestant capitalist Dutch threw off Catholic absolutist Habsburg rulers, initiating patterns of international relations) in a few pages; most scholarly treatments of the subject, in contrast, fill gigantic tomes of writing with not much more insight to the casual reader or even the educated reader, while most textbooks or surveys fail to mention key players and events that make understanding the Reformation so interesting and engaging. Sunshine's book finds a perfect middle ground.

The book goes into just enough detail, but it is also comprehensive. Consider its various historical chapters: Eve of the Reformation, Spain and the Dutch Revolt, the Reformation in England and Scotland, the Reformation in France, and the Thirty Years' War. In addition, its religious or doctrine-focused chapters cover not only Luther, but Zwinglianism and Calvinism. It even poses one of the essential questions regarding Catholicism: "Catholic Reform or Counter-Reform?"

At the end of each chapter, the author includes a series of open-ended questions for discussion.

In sum, it's short and sweet, and somehow packs the details that you'd have to take a university course to find. It would be great reading for a high school student studying for AP exams, a college student in any number of religion or history classes, for a casual reader curious as to the nature and history of the Reformation, or for a teacher or professor interested in seeing all the pieces fit together in one place.(Plus, any book with a chapter entitled "The Empire Strikes Back," must have something good going for it!)
Very good historical overview of the Reformation. Theology?...well...  Jan 29, 2007
This book is quite a page-turner when it comes to history of the Reformation. I was hooked right from page one. Various historical characters come into play with the main performers being Luther and Calvin.

When it comes to the theological ideas of the times the book misses its mark. I do understand that the text is meant for "armchair theologians", but even "armchair guys" need some meat in the soup. There is nary a one Bible reference to corroborate or demolish any of the theological ideas introduced. This was a disappointment.

It would be more appropriate to title this text as "The Reformation for Armchair Historians".

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