Former Professor at Yale School of Divinity and Church History Historian, Jaroslav Jan Pelikan stated, the Reformation was a "tragic necessity" tragic in that it shattered the unity of Christendom, necessary in that it cleansed the church and restored man's faith in God to its Scriptural roots. It is equally true that the Reformation is an unrealized hope and unfinished ideal. Dr. Wilhelm Pauck, while a Professor at Union Theological
“I suppose the danger with anniversaries is that they can serve to reinforce myths and entrenched narratives of the past, rather than encourage us to look afresh at historical events and processes,” Marshall says. “And there’s been a fair amount, especially in Germany, of uncritical celebration of the ‘achievements’ or ‘legacies’ of the Reformation — tolerance, liberal democracy, freedom of expression, scientific rationalism. All things Luther would have hated!”
17. With souls in purgatory it seems necessary that horror should grow less and love increase.