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Some reading for Reformation Day

Here is a by no means exhaustive or comprehensive but simply occasional set of links to some reading from yours truly that might be of interest to readers of the PowerBlog this Reformation Day…


“The further reformation of all of life,” Acton Commentary, October 31, 2017.

“The Secularization of Vocation,” Public Discourse, October 30, 2017.

“The Church’s Social Witness and the Further Work of the Reformation,” Journal of Christian Legal Thought 5, no. 2 (Fall 2015): 11-16.

“Doing much good in the world,” Christian History, no. 110, 2014.

“The Ecumenical Challenge of Catholicity,” Journal of Christian Legal Thought 3, no. 2 (Fall 2013): 4-5.

“Calvin, Conversions, and Catholicity,” First Things, July 10, 2009.


(With Cornelis van der Kooi) “The Moral Status of Wealth Creation in Early-Modern Reformed Confessions,” Reformation & Renaissance Review (2019).

(With W. Bradford Littlejohn) “European Calvinism: Church Discipline,” European History Online (2013).


“Review Essay: The Reformation of Vocation,”Journal of Markets & Morality 20, no. 2 (Fall 2017): 325-341.

“Natural Law and Protestantism—A Review Essay,” Christian Scholar’s Review 41, no. 2 (Winter 2012): 193-209.

Review of Brad S. Gregory, The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society (Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012) in Calvin Theological Journal 47, no. 2 (November 2012): 349–53.

Jordan J. Ballor

Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the VU University Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012) and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous works, including Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. Jordan is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.