Book Review: Where Christ is Present

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Where Christ is Present 
A Theology for All Seasons on the 500th Anniversary of Reformation

A lot happened after Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the castle church door in Wittenberg. But the fallout was not simply the start of Protestantism. And contrary to common belief, Martian Luther did not set out to start a new church. Rather he was trying to reform the church that already existed by reemphasizing its essence - namely, the "good news" (the gospel) that Jesus forgives and saves sinners. But as almost all - including conservative Catholics - now admit the church did need reforming. Some of the issues in contemporary Christianity are very similar to those in the late Middle Ages, though others are new. But if Luther's theology can be blamed - however unfairly - for fragmenting Christianity, perhaps today it can help us recover the wholeness of Christianity. 

In hope of that wholeness, Dr. Montgomery and Dr. Veith commissioned these essays celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, gathering some of the best contemporary voices the Lutheran church has to offer. And we need these voices. The religious climate in the early 21st century is simultaneously highly religious and highly secularized. It is a time of extraordinary spiritual theological diversity. This book will propose the kind of Christianity that is best suited for our day. The remedies offered here are available by the way of the same theology that was the catalyst for reforming the church 500 years ago. 

John Warwick Montgomery is the author of more than sixty books in six languages.  He holds eleven earned degrees, including a Master of Philosophy in Law from the University of Essex, England, a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, a Doctorate of the University in Protestant Theology from the University of Strasbourg, France, and the higher doctorate in law (LL.D) from the University of Cardiff, Wales.  He is a Lutheran clergyman, an English barrister, and is admitted to practice a lawyer before the Supreme Court of the United States and is a practicing avocat, Barea de Paris, France.  Dr. Montgomery currently serves as Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University Wisconsin.

Gene Edward Veith is the Provost and Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and Table Talk,  and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

My thoughts: I think that everyone can agree that in our current time Christianity is divided. Just a little while ago I saw a Christian group have a multiple page advertisement, denouncing an new Mormon temple being built for basically not being Christian enough. They were planning protests as well. So of course I was excited to see what was in Where Christ is Present. It offers a huge variety of information, and honestly is a must read for anyone active in Ministry for its historical references and hard literature. If you like Christian Faith in the Old Testament or Awakening to God Where Christ is Present is for sure a book to check out. 
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