The Protestant Reformation has been the subject of much recent debate among theologians and church historians. Controversy still rages over the state of the late medieval church, the extent to which the Reformation was driven by theological or political concerns, and the impact it had on the lives and beliefs of ordinary people. This book provides an overview of some of the main themes of religious thinking in this period while giving weight to the multifaceted nature of belief. Particular attention is paid to developments in the practice of worship and to the impact of the Reformation on ideas of the relationship between the church and secular society. Recent research on the social anthropology of the Reformation is discussed in the context of the extent to which the beliefs and practices of ordinary people were affected by the changing perspectives of theologians and rulers. The present text is written with the modern undergraduate in mind, and is the direct result of teaching experience. While not for the complete novice, this book assumes very little previous knowledge. Important concepts are explained in simple terms and glossaries and biographical guides are provided for further reference.
"Admirable help for readers is provided in excellent glossaries of the reformers and theological terms, and in a well-chosen list of recommendations for further reading. The author makes the topics understandable and interesting. Recommended." -- Choice. "One of the biggest advantages of this work for the beginning student is its stylistic simplicity. The author is deeply aware that unfamiliar technical language can be an enormous obstacle for beginning students of theology and church history...the other major advantage for this work has to do with its contents and organization. From beginning to end, there is a consistent pattern of presentation...Finally, while this work is ideally suited for beginning college and seminary students, there is much in it to commend it to the more advanced student as well as to the professional theologian and church historian...In these and other respects, this work is at once a highly accessible and subtly provocative summary of the beliefs and practices constitutive of the Protestant Reformation." -- Teaching Theology and Religion.
Contents: Introduction; Sin and Salvation; The medieval doctrine of salvation; Martin Luther's theological breakthrough; Zwingli and the early Swiss reformers; Imparted and imputed righteousness; Predestination; Sin and salvation in the thinking of the radical reformers; Popular ideas on sin and salvation; Sacrament and Ritual; The sacramental tradition; The Reformation of the Sacraments; Baptism; The Eucharist; "By this book": Authority and Interpretation; Biblical Authority and the Church; Humanism and the Bible; "Sola Scriptura"; The authority of the Spirit; The vernacular Bible; The True Church in the Protestant Tradition: Theory and Organisation; The Reformation doctrines of the True Church: theory and practice; The Lutheran state church; The True Church in the Calvinist tradition; The Gathered Church in the doctrine of the Radical reformers; The clergy: priests or ministers?; Church and State: the Protestant Churches and Secular Authority; Church and State in the Lutheran tradition; Church and State in the Swiss Calvinist tradition; Church and State in Calvinist Germany; The radical reformers: the separation of church and state; The One Catholic Church and the nation-church; The Revolution of the Saints?; Social discipline and the reformation of manners; The common weal: poverty and social welfare; Literacy, Education and the Popular Response to the Reformation; Print and Protestantism; Oral culture and the spread of the Reformation; Faith and reason; Literacy and education; Visual culture, visual literacy and iconoclasm; Liturgy and the Articulation of Belief; The Reform of the Liturgy; The Eucharist; Baptism; Confirmation; Repentance and reconciliation; The Solemnisation of Matrimony; Death and burial; Singing the ritual: music and liturgy in the Protestant tradition; Shaping ritual: architecture and the visual appearance of worship; Ritual and Society: The Reshaping of Popular Religious Practice; Baptism; Ritual purification: childbirth and the churching of women; Repentance, confession and the Eucharist; Marriage and the ritual control of sexuality; Death, burial and the ritual community; The ritual of everyday life; Popular Belief and Folk Culture; Popular religion and the cults of the saints; The Pursuit of the Millennium; Witchcraft and witch persecution; Anti-semitism; Conclusion.
Series: Sussex Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 1st June 2003
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 14.0 x 21.5
Weight (kg): 0.36