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Which Henry Caused the Reformation? | Carl R. Trueman | First Things
“Yet catastrophist and triumphalist narratives, however sophisticated and nuanced the idiom, always suffer from a basic error: They oversimplify. To portray Luther as shattering church authority is to miss a simple historical truth: Church authority was already in a state of collapse and confusion by Luther’s day. Medieval Catholicism was a mess. Luther was responding to chaos, not creating it. Yet to portray Luther as recovering the pure gospel is really no better. It ignores his obvious connections to later medieval theology and the fact that he tore Protestantism itself in two, paving the way for the chaotic fragmentation we have today. Modern Evangelicals might portray him as one of their own, but they would have been no more acceptable to him than were the Zwinglians and Anabaptists of his own day.”
Reformation  HenryFord  CarlTrueman 
26 days ago by cbearden
BBC Radio 4 - Germany: Memories of a Nation, Reichstag
Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, explores 600 years of Germany's complex and often challenging history using objects, art, landmarks and literature.
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7 weeks ago by dunnettreader
Faith in Luther: Martin Luther and the Origin of Anthropocentric Religion: Paul Hacker: 9781945125454: Books
To mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Paul Hacker's landmark study Faith in Luther: Martin Luther and the Origin of Anthropocentric Religion appears now in a new English edition.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, in his final memoir in 2016, remembers Paul Hacker as "a great master, someone with an unbelievably broad education, someone who knew the Fathers, knew Luther, and had mastered the whole history of Indian religion from scratch. What he wrote always had something new about it, he always went right to the bottom of things." No doubt one of the "things" he was referring to was Martin Luther's view of faith, which Hacker explores in this text.
lutheran  reformation  books  benedictxvi 
9 weeks ago by benjekman
Was It Better Back Then? | Commonweal Magazine
St. Charles Borromeo, one of the great saints of the counter-reformation, or “Catholic Reform,” or “early modern Catholicism,” depending on your preferred historical-theological interpretation of that very long period. He along with St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Philip Neri, and others were once associated with “the golden age” of confessional Catholicism, but now that age does not seem so golden anymore. Some of the reactions against Pope Francis seem to be the expression of (or to express a new enchantment with) medieval Christendom.
catholic  reformation 
9 weeks ago by benjekman
The Revolution of 1517
Not a bad overview in many ways, but one feels that the ideas in the Reformation are largely epiphenomenal by comparison with the material conditions (class, social structure, economic forces). Which, given the publication, is to be expected.
Reformation  JacobinMag  DavidJamieson 
10 weeks ago by cbearden
Did Luther Really Cause Secularism?
“In other words, one might well see Luther’s move to Scripture as disastrous. But one also needs to remember that that move did not precipitate a crisis in authority. No, it was a response to an already existent crisis in authority. The reality of Constance surely shattered any notions of (to use an anachronistic phrase) an Ultramontane view of the papacy. One can regard Scripture alone as an inadequate basis for rebuilding the faith, but one can hardly blame it for the collapse of church authority. The church had already achieved that at a theological, theoretical level in the early 15th century, albeit in practice it was able to maintain authority after Constance by more political and earthly means.”
MartinLuther  Reformation  BradGregory  CarlTrueman  BookReviews 
10 weeks ago by cbearden

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