The Reformation for Armchair Theologians

Glenn S. Sunshine, “The Reformation for Armchair Theologians” was a pretty fun read.

Sunshine does a good job of introducing the times and the personalities of the theologians. However, there was  a few chapters that to me, seemed like a military history, because, you know, princes were looking for reasons to kill each other…and the Reformation was a good reason. I didn’t enjoy these so much. I wanted to know what were the theologians and preachers and pastors doing while their flocks were killing each other. Not that I have anything against reading a military history, it’s just not what I wanted, and Sunshine is not the best military historian.

What I liked was Zwingli asking, “why are we selling Swiss blood to French kings” attacking the mercenary trade. The answers of “that’s a good question” and “hey, you’re cutting into our profit margin” only led to more violence.  Funny how to really understand the Reformation, you need to understand Swiss Canton politics.

I’m looking forward to reading other books in this series. (Did I mention it was a short read?)



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