A Nearly Infallible History of the Reformation
by Nick Page
Although I have been a Christian for 20 years and spent 3 years at Church Army college I was never that interested in church history other than the early church as seen in the bible. However I have now read a few of Nick’s books on church history and decided that this would be the next one.
I had no idea how many different people came up with the need for the church to change. Popes might have felt the need but never quite got there to priests and normal people, not that I am saying priests aren’t normal. This book looks with humor where that is possible at how the reformation came about and the differences between those who wanted reform and how as always with human interaction it often led to violence on all sides.
Many knew that the church as it had become needed to change from what it had become, a kind of super state, sucking in money for lavish living for a few to what Jesus had shown and what it had started out as. As the bible, thanks to printing, became more accessible to all, in their own language, so more people came to see that what it was was not what it should be.
This book is a easy, humorous read through a span of history which made the modern world. Brought forth the idea of free thinking and having a personal relationship with God rather than one controlled and by a few. As I read it some of my own idea made sense as I could see them in others, I also understand where my conflict with some of the main organised denominations comes from. From small beginnings of reform has come constant bickering which keeps splitting Christs body the Church. As far as I can see the reformation was right but we Christians need to stop arguing over ever small point and keep the the main point of being a follow of Christ. Jesus as a body the church of Christ will often need reform as its human run and open to human failings but it is also the Bride of Christ and needs to act like that much more often than it does.
A good book well worth reading if you want a easy read to understand the reformation, I also recommend the other books by Nick Page
‘A Nearly Infallible History of Christianity’
Being a history of 2000 years of Saints, Sinners, Idiots and Divinely-inspired Troublemakers
by Nick Page
I have not really been one to read church history, even though I do love history. However this was one I saw and got for Christmas I also got other Nick Page books review of another one I have read here.
I must say I did enjoy this book it is full of humor as well as facts, it confirmed some of my own views and made me think about others. It is a brief history, over 400 pages, of the rise of the Christian church and its long journey to today. I enjoyed the small block insets about a particular person, in particular the Could you have a drink with him down the pub? line each had.
It was interesting to see how different ideas came and sometimes went for Christians. How a lot of what we do in church now has had a very odd journey. How we came to have bibles in our own language and why some clergy dress as they do.
However mainly for me it shows that no matter how mixed up the people might get and the leaders in particular God always is talking to enough people to keep the church on some sort of path. People might try to make the church their own, trying to use it for there own benifit but God always seems to raise up Troublemakers to shake it up again.
I was reassured from reading this of my own path with Jesus and for the future of His people.
A humorous easy read taking you on a 2000 year journey.
‘The Wrong Messiah’ The real story of Jesus of Nazareth by Nick page
A Christmas present, also a very interesting read. This book looks at the expectations of the Jews for a messiah and how Jesus was the wrong one. He didn’t fit any of the boxes people expected of their messiah. However he did tick all the boxes God had given in prophecy.
“Jesus had no time for the minutiae of religious observance if it got in the way of real repentance and real relationship.” [p94] This is not what was expected, and still isn’t if truth be told, people expected a messiah who would enforce the rules and punish the wicked. That is not what they got or what we get.
I found that reading this book opened my eyes to some things I had just not thought about or had just picked up culturally. Other parts reinforced my own views. Whether you believe in Jesus or not this book will help you see who the locals at the time expected and who they got. It might change your mind about him.
A short easy to read book which will challenge your view of Jesus. Well worth the read.