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The European Reformation - Euan Cameron

The European Reformation

Paperback Published: 6th March 2012
ISBN: 9780199547852
Number Of Pages: 592

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Since its first appearance in 1991, The European Reformation has offered a clear, integrated, and coherent analysis and explanation of how Christianity in Western and Central Europe from Iceland to Hungary, from the Baltic to the Pyrenees splintered into separate Protestant and Catholic identities and movements.

Catholic Christianity at the end of the Middle Ages was not at all a uniformly 'decadent' or corrupt institution: it showed clear signs of cultural vigour and inventiveness. However, it was vulnerable to a particular kind of criticism, if ever its claims to mediate the grace of God to believers were challenged. Martin Luther proposed a radically new insight into how God forgives human sin. In this new theological vision, rituals did not 'purify' people; priests did not need to be set apart from the ordinary community; the church needed no longer to be an international body.

For a critical 'Reformation moment', this idea caught fire in the spiritual, political, and community life of much of Europe. Lay people seized hold of the instruments of spiritual authority, and transformed religion into something simpler, more local, more rooted in their own community. So were born the many cultures, liturgies, musical traditions and prayer lives of the countries of Protestant Europe.

This new edition embraces and responds to developments in scholarship over the past twenty years. Substantially re-written and updated, with both a thorough revision of the text and fully updated references and bibliography, it nevertheless preserves the distinctive features of the original, including its clearly thought-out integration of theological ideas and political cultures, helping to bridge the gap between theological and social history, and the use of helpful charts and tables that made the original so easy to use.

Introduction: The Reformation and Europe Part I: The Background 1: The Religion of the People of Europe 2: The Vulnerability of the Church 3: 'Reform' from Within and its Limits 4: Challenges from Outside and their Limits 5: Heresy: An Alternative Church? 6: The Church and the Christian Soul Part II: The Reformers and Their Message 7: The 'Luther-Affair' and its Context 8: The Conversions of the Reformers 9: Rejections of Reform 10: The Reformers' Message: Salvation 11: The Reformers' Message: Scripture 12: The Reformers' Message: The Church 13: The Reformers' Message: Sacraments Part III: Establishing the Reformed Churches 14: Unsuccessful 'Affiliations' to the Reformed Cause 15: Self-Governing Towns and Cities 16: Principalities and Kingdoms 17: Motives for Establishing the Reformation? Part IV: Beyond the 'Reformation Moment': from Temporary Coalitions to Growing Communities 18: Voluntary, Gathered Movements Reject the 'Coalition' 19: Crisis, Survival, and Compromise in Politics 20: Reformers at Odds: The 'Confessional' Reformation 21: Reformers and Laypeople: Building a Religious Culture 22: Conclusion Abbreviations Used in the Notes Notes Suggestions for Further Reading Index

ISBN: 9780199547852
ISBN-10: 0199547858
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 6th March 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 14.99  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.93
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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