The Principle of Protestantism: Lancaster Series on the Mercersburg Theology by Philip Schaff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
[epq-quote align=”align-right”]Away with human denominations, down with religious sects! Let our watchword be: One spirit & one body! One Shepherd & one flock! –Philip Schaff[/epq-quote]This book is a series of lectures given close to two hundred years ago by Philip Schaff. He was a German professor of Church history who came the USA to teach at the German Reformed Theological Seminary in Mercersburg, PA. He is a poignant defender of Protestantism and with rapier wisdom guides the reader to see that Protestantism was the greatest fruit of the Catholic Church.
In our modern day, when many Protestants are trading in their heritage for either Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or High Anglicanism, these lectures should bring that drift up short. We must answer the basic question of whether the Reformation was a great deliverance for the Church, and if so, it is Rome that needs to repent. That said, Protestantism needs to deal with its tendency to schism and sectarianism.
Really wonderful stuff here. Makes me want to give three cheers for Reformed Doctrine.