Long Before Luther Review

Book Review: 

Many people believe that Protestantism began in the 16th century with the Reformers. However, this isn’t the case. In his new book titled Long Before Luther, author Nathan Busenitz sets out to prove that the doctrines used by the Reformers existed long before the Protestant Reformation even took place. One would think that a book such as this would be a deliberate one-sided affair, but the author uses both sides of the argument in order to make his case, using criticism brought against the Reformers in order to make the case for them. By using Scripture throughout the book along with his expert knowledge of church history, Mr. Busenitz is able to prove that the doctrines used by the Reformers are traced all the way back to the time of Christ. He also explains how the interpretation of doctrine used by the Reformers was clearly in line with Scripture and was also used by the early church fathers prior to the 16th century. For those who are not well informed of Reformation doctrine, the author explains in detail with precise expertise, the teachings of the Reformation and how the Reformers themselves looked to early church leaders from prior generations in order to validate support for their own beliefs. I was highly impressed by the amount of Scripture and historical evidence that was used by the author in proving his point when writing this book. You can tell that Mr. Busenitz thought out his topic very well and the book was accurately researched, making the time reading it enjoyable. There’s no doubt that this book should be on every bookshelf. After reading it, I’m sure that many will be able to look at Reformation doctrine from a whole different perspective.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.