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

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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 Lord's Supper, Elwood shows how ...
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The Body Broken: The Calvinist Doctrine of the Eucharist and the Symbolization of Power in Sixteenth-Century France

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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 Lord's Supper, Elwood shows how adherants 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. The Body Broken will engage scholars and students of Renaissance and Reformation Europe, theologians, social historians, historians of religion, and readers interested in connections between religious ideas and the mobilization of popular movements.
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"This theological and sociological study will also be of interest to those concerned with inculturation, communications media and political development."—Worship

"In a masterpiece of concise exposition, Elwood demonstrates how Calvin's fundamental re-ordering of the sacraments was elaborated and expanded by a tight circle of friends and followers whose writings quickly became normative for French evangelism. Closely written and based on a wide-ranging survey of contemporary literature, this work is likely to become the definitive study of a subject of central importance in understanding why evangelical reform in France could not be accomplished without striking at the heart of the established system of belief."—Andrew Pettegree, Director, St. Andrews Reformation Studies Institute.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction 3
1 Immanent Majesty: The Eucharist and the Body of Christ in Late Medieval Society 12
2 Heavenly Things in Heaven: The First Wave of French Protestant Propaganda, 1533-1535 27
3 Specifying Power: Sacramental Signification in Calvin's Theology of the Eucharist 56
4 Seeds of Discord: The Diffusion of the Reformed Doctrine, 1540-1560 77
5 The Catholic Riposte: Defenses of the Real Presence at the Beginning of the Religious Wars 113
6 The Eucharist, Reformed Social Formation, and the Ideology of Resistance 145
Conclusion 163
Notes 173
Bibliography 223
Index 245
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