The European Reformation

Paperback | March 5, 2012

byEuan Cameron

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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 Catholicidentities 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 werechallenged. 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 wereborn 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.

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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 Catholicidentities and movements. Catholic Christianity at...

Euan Cameron is Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History, Union Theological Seminary, New York, and has taught previously at the University of Oxford and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is the author of a number of other works on late medieval and early modern religious history, including The Reformation of the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:March 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: The Reformation and EuropePart I: The Background1. The Religion of the People of Europe2. The Vulnerability of the Church3. 'Reform' from Within and its Limits4. Challenges from Outside and their Limits5. Heresy: An Alternative Church?6. The Church and the Christian SoulPart II: The Reformers and Their Message7. The 'Luther-Affair' and its Context8. The Conversions of the Reformers9. Rejections of Reform10. The Reformers' Message: Salvation11. The Reformers' Message: Scripture12. The Reformers' Message: The Church13. The Reformers' Message: SacramentsPart III: Establishing the Reformed Churches14. Unsuccessful 'Affiliations' to the Reformed Cause15. Self-Governing Towns and Cities16. Principalities and Kingdoms17. Motives for Establishing the Reformation?Part IV: Beyond the 'Reformation Moment': from Temporary Coalitions to Growing Communities18. Voluntary, Gathered Movements Reject the 'Coalition'19. Crisis, Survival, and Compromise in Politics20. Reformers at Odds: The 'Confessional' Reformation21. Reformers and Laypeople: Building a Religious Culture22. ConclusionAbbreviations Used in the NotesNotesSuggestions for Further ReadingIndex

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'A new standard has been set with this one-volume survey of the Protestant Reformation, which should drive all others from the field. Cameron traces the movement from its late-medieval roots through the end of the sixteenth century with elegance, understanding, and a particularly impressivegift for lucid explanation. Perhaps the most significant aspect of this work is its documentation: ninety-odd pages of notes make the volume an extended historiographical essay in which the reader is guided toward the seminal scholarship on nearly every issue discussed in the text itself.Throughout, Cameron masterfully places the theological and intellectual developments of the sixteenth century within the broader context of social and political events ' --Robert J. Bast, University of Arizona, The Catholic Historical Review, April 1993