In sy boek The Reformation: How a monk and a mallet changed the world vra die skrywer, Stephen J. Nichols die vraag of ons enigsins die reformasie vanjaar moet vier. Het die Reformasie nie net die eenheid van die Kerk versteur nie?
Hy antwoord dan self die vraag:
“We study the Reformation because of what we can learn. We learn of the treasure of the Gospel. We learn how easy it can be for the church to lose sight of its value. We learn of the origin of most of the practices of church life that we simply take for granted. We learn what doctrines should matter most. We learn how to proclaim these doctrines in the world in which we live. And we learn about real people, gifted and talented, who also possessed the flaws and limitations of humanity. Above all, we learn from them that our faith and trust lie not ultimately in their lives and in their examples, but in the God-man, Jesus Christ. They all point us beyond themselves to him. Luther said it best: “We are beggars.”