This book offers only provisional opinions on the works of Reformation scholarship. It selects topics for attention, because selectivity cannot be avoided. It agrees with some interpretations and disagrees with others, simply because to do otherwise would lead to insufferable blandness as well as incomprehensible confusion. It marshals both the familiar and the newer components of the Reformation story behind a single thesis; but does so principally for the sake of convenience and clarity.
This book is a survey and analysis of the European Reformation of the sixteenth century. During this period western Christianity underwent the most dramatic changes in its entire history. From Iceland to Transylvania, from the Baltic to the Pyrenees, the Reformation divided churches and
communities into 'Catholic' and 'Protestant', and created varying regional and national traditions. The new Protestant creed rejected traditional measures of piety--vows, penances, pardons, and masses--in favor of sermons and catechisms, and an everyday morality of diligence, neighborly charity,
and prayer. In the process, it involved many of Europe's people for the first time in a political movement inspired by an ideology and nourished by mass communication. Using the most recent research, Cameron provides a thematic and narrative synthesis of the events and ideas of the Reformation.
He examines its social and religious background, its teachers and their message, and explores its impact on contemporary society.
About the Author :
Euan Cameron has contributed to The European Reformation as an author.
Euan Cameron is Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History at the Union Theological Seminary, New York, and was previously Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He has published extensively on European history in the age of the Reformation, including
The European Reformation and, as editor, Early Modern Europe: An Oxford History, both published by Oxford University Press.
|Title:||The European Reformation||Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|No. of Pages:||576|
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