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Worshiping with the Reformers

ISBN: 9780830853038

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Worship of the triune God has always stood at the center of the Christian life. That was certainly the case during the sixteenth-century Reformation as well. Yet in the midst of tremendous social and theological upheaval, the church had to renew its understanding of what it means to worship God.

In this volume, which serves as a companion to IVP Academic’s Reformation Commentary on Scripture series, Reformation scholar Karin Maag takes readers inside the worshiping life of the church during this era. Drawing from sources across theological traditions, she explores several aspects of the church’s worship, including what it was like to attend church, reforms in preaching, the function of prayer, how Christians experienced the sacraments, and the roles of both visual art and music in worship.

With Maag as your guide, you can go to church—with the Reformers.

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  • Explores several aspects of the church’s worship
  • Draws from sources across theological traditions
  • Provides a companion to IVP Academic’s Reformation Commentary on Scripture
  • Introduction
  • Going to Church
  • At Church
  • Preaching
  • Prayer
  • Baptism
  • Communion
  • The Visual Arts and Music
  • Worship Outside Church
  • Conclusion
In Worshiping with the Reformers, Karin Maag deftly describes the diverse religious practices that resulted from the Reformation and gives a lively view of worship in the sixteenth century. Outlining the differences among the major forms of Protestantism and with Roman Catholicism, this engaging and informative book is the ideal starting point for anyone curious about the historical development of worship practices that are still important today.

—Amy Nelson Burnett, Varner Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Karin Maag’s deft presentation gives voice to ordinary worshipers across the Reformation's broad confessional spectrum as they gathered for prayer, song, sermon, service, and the Eucharist. We learn how the liturgy cemented unity and, occasionally, provoked division. What did people embrace and what were the obstacles to acceptance? Maag explores the Reformation’s complex liturgical landscape with precision and aplomb. The faithful have rarely been heard in such clear tones. It is a profoundly human account that continues to resonate in our contemporary society.

—Raymond A. Mentzer, Daniel J. Krumm Family Chair in Reformation Studies at the University of Iowa

Worshiping with the Reformers is a sheer delight! Karin Maag has synthesized scholarly insights and a wide array of personal stories to offer a wonderfully helpful and engaging account of key facets of worship from a variety of perspectives. What we learn from this splendid volume is intrinsically valuable as well as deepening our understanding of the historical roots of our ways of worshiping today. Perhaps through exploring some of the differences and disagreements around worship in the Reformation era we might find ourselves able to engage with more generosity and understanding when it comes to our differences and disagreements about worship now.

—Suzanne McDonald, professor of systematic and historical theology at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan

  • Title: Worshiping with the Reformers
  • Author: Karin Maag
  • Series: Reformation Commentary on Scripture
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2021
  • Logos Release Date: 2021
  • Pages: 235
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Public worship › Reformed Church--History--16th century
  • ISBNs: 9780830853038, 9780830853021, 0830853030, 0830853022
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T03:54:29Z

Karin Maag is the director of the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies in Grand Rapids. She has authored and edited three other volumes on the Reformation.


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  1. Eunsang Jeong

    Eunsang Jeong


  2. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch


    This was an easy-to-read and quite informative look at Wordship practices in the Reformation Era. It covers Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican and Anabaptist (though far less on the last one due to lack of records) - and with insights from people of the day, so we get to see glimpses of the actual practice rather than just what was mandated. Covers the attendance (both what was mandated and what happened), church practices, preaching, prayer, baptism, Holy Communion, and a good section on Music and the Visual Arts. The final chapter looks at worship outside the church building - and in this it is sad how far we have neglected this area. It covers not just how worship was done at home but also in school and the high regard placed on personal piety. An excellent read for all :)


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