By R. Po-chia Hsia
This quantity brings jointly 29 new essays through major overseas students, to supply an inclusive evaluation of contemporary paintings in Reformation heritage.
- Presents Catholic Renewal as a continuum of the Protestant Reformation.
- Examines Reformation in jap and Western Europe, Asia and the Americas.
- Takes a extensive, inclusive procedure вЂ“ overlaying either conventional themes and state-of-the-art components of dialogue.
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Christianity appears as a stern, demanding code of moral righteousness. Such sermons convey precisely the heaping-up of moral demands and obligations that Martin Luther would later look back on with such horror. To criticize the hollow ceremonial consolations of the priesthood was half the story. The other half was that heretics expected their followers to live by a strict moral law of purity and self-restraint (Cameron, Waldenses, p. 302; but cf. Lambert, Medieval Heresy, pp. 355–6). 18 euan cameron Heresy and the Reformation In the later sixteenth century, Protestant apologists would claim the late medieval dissenters as their forebears, as the hidden “true church” that existed while Satan was unbound and the visible church was given over to error.
Peter Burke, speaking of Renaissance Italy, argues that “[t]he distinction between the sacred and profane was not drawn in quite the same place and it was not drawn as sharply as it would be in the later sixteenth century” (Burke, Italian Renaissance, p. 210). But was it drawn even then? Mentzer argues that “[p]eople understood the religion of their ancestors – those reassuring daily habits that they had learned from parents and grandparents. For ordinary believers, their faith described and shaped a society and piety 27 familiar world, providing a sense of continuity and community, and helping to define the character of social relationships” (Mentzer, “Persistence,” p.
A Companion to the Reformation World by R. Po-chia Hsia