The Body Broken: The Calvinist Doctrine of the Eucharist and the Symbolization of Power in Sixteenth-Century France

The Body Broken: The Calvinist Doctrine of the Eucharist and the Symbolization of Power in Sixteenth-Century France

by Christopher Elwood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195121333

ISBN-13: 9780195121339

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In the public religious controversies of sixteenth-century France, no subject received more attention or provoked greater passion that the eucharist. In this study of Reformation theologies of the eucharist, Christopher Elwood contends that the doctrine for which French Protestants argued played a pivotal role in the development of Calvinist revolutionary politics.

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In the public religious controversies of sixteenth-century France, no subject received more attention or provoked greater passion that the eucharist. In this study of Reformation theologies of the eucharist, Christopher Elwood contends that the doctrine for which French Protestants argued played a pivotal role in the development of Calvinist revolutionary politics. By focusing on the new understandings of signs and symbols purveyed in Protestant writing on the sacrament of the Lords Supper, Elwood shows how adherents to the Reformation movement came to interpret the nature of power and the relation between society and the sacred in ways that departed radically from the views of their Catholic neighbors. The clash of religious, social, and political ideals focused in interpretations of the sacrament led eventually to political violence that tore France apart in the latter half of the sixteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195121339
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Oxford Studies in Historical Theology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction3
1Immanent Majesty: The Eucharist and the Body of Christ in Late Medieval Society12
2Heavenly Things in Heaven: The First Wave of French Protestant Propaganda, 1533-153527
3Specifying Power: Sacramental Signification in Calvin's Theology of the Eucharist56
4Seeds of Discord: The Diffusion of the Reformed Doctrine, 1540-156077
5The Catholic Riposte: Defenses of the Real Presence at the Beginning of the Religious Wars113
6The Eucharist, Reformed Social Formation, and the Ideology of Resistance145
Conclusion163
Notes173
Bibliography223
Index245

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