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Customer Reviews

Wildly Indepth

Having now studied the Reformation church histories from Gerstner, Calhoun, Lillback, and many others, I can say that Trueman's explanations are deeper by at least three fold.

To be clear, Gerstner's was published by Ligonier and Ligonier, by design, only publishes audio/video/books at the High School level. Calhoun's was focus more on the life and times, while correlating it with the theologies of the day. Lillback's was almost as in depth as Trueman's, but Lillback 1) does not seem to have the same view of Luther's relation to the law and 2) does not discuss Luther nearly as much.

With this said, Trueman's course is very in depth from a theological stance with a strong general historical backing. His course is also very pastoral. Most courses at WTS have regular sidebars for pastoral application. This is crucial! Trueman, being a Pastor, provides excellent advice for his audience.

To enhance learning, it's best to read the recommended books as well. These books are mentioned in the introductory lecture and are compiled here: bit.ly/wts_ch311 .

As a supplement, or, rather, prerequisite to this, I'd strongly recommend both Carl Trueman's Medieval Church lecture series as well as the lecture series from WTS' Clair Davis (1981). The former can be downloaded from iTunes U, while the latter can be downloaded from the WTS media site.

Horrible sound quality, offensively bad

Great content, when you can hear it. There is so much loud static throughout some of the lectures that it unfortunately renders them unlistenable. One wonders why the seminary thought so little of Dr. Trueman's content or students' ability to listen that they would produce such shoddy, terrible quality downloads. It's not that hard to record lectures, really, you have to be profoundly uninterested in quality to put out lectures in this state.

Great!

Loved this class.