Crisis And Renewal

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This latest volume in the Westminster History of Christian Thought series introduces readers to the events and ideas that propelled the various religious reformations of sixteenth-century Europe. A splendid introduction to this momentous period, Crisis and Renewal examines the historical and theological developments that dramatically changed the religious landscape of Europe and continue to have important effects today. Discussion questions and other aids make this an excellent book for classroom use.

Designed particularly for undergraduate courses in theology and religion, the Westminster History of Christian Thought series offers reliable and accessible introductions to Christian thought for each major period in Christian history—the early church, the medieval era, the Reformation, the modern age, and the contemporary period—and concludes with a volume on American religious thought.

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R. Ward Holder is Associate Professor of Theology at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is the author of John Calvin and the Grounding of Biblical Interpretation: Calvin's First Commentaries.

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Table of Contents


Introduction Why Another History of the Reformation? 1

1 What Is the Reformation? 7

Doctrinal-Vocabulary Discussion: Justification by Faith

2 The Late Medieval Context 17

Doctrinal-Vocabulary Discussion: Heresy, Schism, and Orthodoxy

3 The Humanistic Call for Reform 37

Doctrinal-Vocabulary Discussion: The Process of Salvation

4 The Lutheran Reform 59

5 Zwingli and Zurich: Early Swiss Reform 91

Doctrinal-Vocabulary Discussion: Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide

6 Radical Reform 117

Doctrinal-Vocabulary Discussion: Sacraments?

7 Calvin and Geneva: Later Swiss Reform 143

Doctrinal-Vocabularv Discussion: Eucharistic Controversies

8 English Reform: The Foundation of the Church of England 167

Doctrinal-Vocabulary Discussion: Where Is the Church?

Ecclesiological Struggles and Solutions

9 Catholic Reform: Early Modern Catholicism 189

Doctrinal-Vocabulary Discussion: Conjessionalism

10 Religion and Violence 213

11 Other Movements of Reform and Later Consequences 229

12 Conclusion: Eeclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda 241

Notes 251

Index of Names of Persons 263

Index of Subjects 267

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