David V. N. Bagchi provides a new perspective on the Reformation
that challenges many accepted interpretations.
The Reformation would have been less likely to have proceeded had
it not been for the reaction of the Roman church to the teachings of
Martin Luther and the legal process that led to his condemnation as
David V. N. Bagchi's book gives for the first time a detailed
account of the response to Luther by Catholic writers, such as King
Henry VIII, Sir Thomas More, Johann Eck, and Thomas Murner.
This book explores the theological, philosophical, and
ecclesio-political factors that motivated these opponents'
opposition, their relationship to the curia, and their attempts to
organize themselves into the propaganda arm of the Roman church.
David Bagchi's book is the first work comprehensively to describe
and analyze the writings of Luther's Catholic opponents during the
crucial early years of the Lutheran Reformation. He has taken
on a significant topic and done a superb job explicating it.
With great clarity and acumen he manages to lay out the
controversialists' concerns on a variety of topics and show how all
these topics converge on the issue of authority. His judgments,
I think, are sound and persuasive. This is an extraordinarily
accomplished piece of work.
Mark U. Edwards, Jr.
Harvard Divinity School