The Reformation of the Family
Just last week the new issue of Credo Magazine released: The Reformation of the Family.
Some featured articles and interview include:
A Sixteenth-Century Scandal: The Radical Marriage of Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora, by Michelle DeRusha
No Woman’s Chit-Chat: Argula von Grumbach as Prophetess, Writer, and Defender of the Reformation, by Kristen Padilla
The Shortest Road to Heaven, by Matthew Barrett
The Best Companion of My Life: John Calvin’s Search for a Wife, by Michael Nelson
An Uncommon Union: An Interview with Herman Selderhius on the Luther Marriage and Family
About the theme:
Justification by faith alone, the authority of scripture over popes—these come to mind when we think back to the sixteenth-century Reformation. Yet with the reform of the church also came a reform of the family, a fact too often neglected. Martin Luther, for example, broke the mold when he married a runaway nun.
No longer was marriage off-limits to clergy, but with the recovery of the scriptures and sound doctrine was a retrieval of marriage as an institution, modeled by the reformers at the start of the Reformation. No longer was the monk or priest who had vowed to remain celibate considered holier than the married couple in the pew.
Turning to the book of Genesis and Paul’s epistles, the reformers reintroduced marriage as a holy institution itself, one God himself ordained. In this issue of Credo Magazine, pastors and mothers alike reflect on how the reformers started a revolution, a revolution, that is, of the family.