Religion: Protestanism's Fathers

Protestantism's Fathers

Who are the Fathers of Protestantism? For a series of lectures (at Jewish Theological Seminary of America) on "Classics of Western Religion," Canada-born Church Historian John Thomas McNeill had to choose carefully from Protestant history. The McNeill lectures, now expanded and published under the title Books of Faith & Power (Harper; $2), may stimulate many a layman to re-examine the heritage of his faith. McNeill's six Fathers:

Martin Luther, one of whose most important works, says Historian McNeill, was no theological treatise, but a small essay introduced by a letter to Pope Leo X, who had been trying to persuade...

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