First Things: "What Would Have Stopped Martin Luther"
First Things published my essay, "What Would Have Stopped Martin Luther." It challenges the inevitability of the Protestant Reformation and argues that the Reformation could have been prevented if the pope had called an ecumenical council right away to judge Luther's theological disputes. I then suggest that this conciliar tradition presents an alternative for Protestants such as Stanley Hauerwas seeking to reform the Church from the outside. The article ends by suggesting that a new council might be needed to resolve the current doctrinal controversies in the Church.