Thursday, March 17, 2016
Review: Wittenberg VS Geneva by:Brian W. Thomas
About the Book:
What are the differences between Lutherans and Calvinists, and do they really matter? In Wittenberg vs. Geneva, Brian Thomas provides a biblical defense of the key doctrines that have divided the Lutheran and Reformed traditions for nearly five centuries. It is especially written to help those who may have an interest in the Lutheran church, but are concerned that her stance on doctrines like predestination or the sacraments may not have biblical support. To get to the heart of the matter, Pastor Thomas focuses solely upon those crucial scriptural texts that have led Lutheran and Reformed scholars down different paths to disparate conclusions as he spars with popular Calvinist theologians from the past and the present.
Religion can be such a tricky thing but after you decided to say follow the Christian faith you have subheadings or sub-categories that you must address to become firmly planted on which one you will choose. The author Brian Thomas has taken two very controversial beliefs and contrasted and compared them so that you have a general overall look at each. To me this is a great way for anyone wanting to know the differences between Lutherans and Calvinists.
Each belief system in it's own right has strong suggestions and beliefs that rank strongly among those believers. The author takes you down a path of getting you to see both sides for what they were. He is well researched and very well informed which was refreshing and very suited for the text. I do find that the author also noted myths or misunderstandings about each belief system, for me I would've liked for that to be left out because it tended to confuse me more than to help me. Especially if I was trying to choose when of these two faiths to follow.
For individuals looking to find the differences between these two faiths it is a very thorough book to make a good solid decision on. The author did an excellent job with the facts and arguments. The book is a quick read and I was able to get it read in just a few hours.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.