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The Reformation is regarded by the consensus of secular historians as the most decisive moment in the social and cultural transformation of Europe into the "modern age."

Where are today's Rembrandts, Bachs, Durers, Miltons, Handels, Bunyans, Herberts, and Donnes, the great believing scientists, spokespersons for liberty, justice, education, and the simple workers and home-builders who translated the Reformation's God-centered theory into daily practice? Columbia University historian, Eugene F. Rice, observes that the Reformation brings us face to face with "the gulf between the secular imagination of the twentieth century and the sixteenth-century's intoxication with the majesty of God." (1)

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1 [ Back ] Eugene F. Rice, The Foundations of Early Modern Europe (NY: Norton & Norton, 1987).
2 [ Back ] H. Richard Niebuhr, Christ and Culture (London: Faber and Faber, Ltd., 1952).
3 [ Back ] Martin Luther, Works (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1915-32), vol. 2, p. 338.
4 [ Back ] Niebuhr, Christ and Culture, p. 217.
5 [ Back ] John Calvin, Institutes (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1960), 3:19:15.
6 [ Back ] Ibid., 3:19:9.

Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.

Issue: "Christ and Culture" March/April 1992 Vol. 1 No. 2 Page number(s): 1-4, 11

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