‘Twas Christ the Word that spake it,
The same took bread and break it,
And as the Word did make it,
So I believe and take it.
– a young Queen Elizabeth I, reflecting upon the Lord’s Supper. ( a very Protestant reflection, by the way)
Today is Hallowe’en but it is also Reformation Day, the anniversary of when an Augustinian monk nailed an invitation to debate on to the church door at Wittenberg. 497 years ago, Martin Luther dropped a pebble which became an avalanche.
If you don’t know much about the start of the Reformation, read Timothy George’s great piece at First Things:
And because Martin Luther still remains a controversial character, and it is increasingly trendy to dismiss his insights, here’s a vote of confidence for him:
Luther, I think, got the substance of the Christian Faith roughly right – or rather, the Luther who discovered the Christian Faith afresh did, not the Luther concerned with preserving reformation by earthly powers. And Luther, in my judgement, also got the apostle Paul basically right. This view is not popular today, but popularity isn’t an index of truthfulness. -Miroslav Volf, Free of Charge, pg 236.