As we commemorate the Protestant Reformation and celebrate the heroes of faith who boldly declared the truths of God’s Word during that tumultuous time, we must ultimately glorify God for His sovereignty and providence. For it was God who sovereignly directed the unfolding of history, it was God who in His divine superintendence ordained the events prior to and during the Protestant Reformation, it was God who providentially raised up men and women at that time to bring about spiritual and ecclesiastical reforms.
And it was God who, in His infinite wisdom, prepared the ground, after it had lain fallow for many centuries, for the abundant harvest that was to come: this He did by placing in the hearts of the people of the 12th century a renewed desire for education which sprouted forth in the founding of universities throughout Europe in places such as Bologna, Paris, Oxford, Salamanca, and Heidelberg. The universities facilitated the pursuit of knowledge in all the major fields of study such as theology, philosophy, the arts, law, and medicine.
By the 14th century, this culminated in the flowering of the Renaissance. This cultural and intellectual revival assisted the development and diffusion of the 16th century Protestant Reformation throughout Europe.
Most of the pre-Reformers (forerunners of the Protestant Reformation who lived during the 12th to 15th centuries) and Reformers were well-read and well-educated. They assiduously read not just the Bible, but also secular literature concerning such fields as philosophy, history, languages, the arts, and law. Their erudition equipped them to interpret the Bible, appreciate ancient church history, discern false teachings within the Church, and comprehend the philosophies and culture of their times.
As Christians, we must meticulously and diligently read, study, and meditate upon the Bible. But beyond that, we also ought to read widely: articles and books on hermeneutics, theology, Christian living, church history, secular history, non-Christian religions, and contemporary culture should populate our bookshelves (or Kindles). In this way, we follow in the footsteps of the Reformers.
Therefore, we invite you to read the articles and reflect upon the truths of God expounded by the authors.
We hope to gradually share more edifying materials over time :)