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John O'Malley gives us the most comprehensive account ever written of the Society of Jesus in its founding years, one that heightens and transforms our understanding of the Jesuits in history and today. Following the Society from 1540 through 1565, O'Malley shows how this sense of mission evolved. He looks at everything--the Jesuits' teaching, their preaching, their casuistry, their work with orphans and prostitutes, their attitudes toward Jews and "New Christians," and their relationship to the Reformation. All are taken in by the sweep of O'Malley's story as he details the Society's manifold activities in Europe, Brazil, and India.

Father O'Malley presents the most comprehensive account ever written of the Society of Jesus in its founding years, one that heightens and transforms our understanding of the Jesuits in history and today, and as a result, alters our notions of culture and religion in the Renaissance. 5 halftone illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review

Neither fazed nor overwhelmed, Father O'Malley never loses sight of the forest among the myriad trees...In this book three tenacious myths bite the dust. The first is that Ignatius had a detailed blueprint for his companions...A second myth is that the Jesuits were founded to combat the Reformation and to spearhead its Roman Catholic riposte, the Counter-Reformation...The third myth is that the Jesuits were founded as the pope's shock troops...Far from being a simple chronicle, it is an account of how the Jesuits, led by the internal dynamism of the Holy Spirit, responded to unpredictable events and new needs.
— Peter Hebblethwaite

New York Review of Books

A masterly account of the first generation [of Jesuits]...carried out with an economy and insight that compel admiration.
— Anthony Grafton

America

This is surely the best book ever written in English on the first Jesuits and the early Society of Jesus. It may well be the best book on that topic ever written in any language. This is a work that is deeply original, always clear, often brilliant.
— John Padberg

Journal of Modern History

This is a major study of the first crucial years of one of the most important institutions of modern Europe. Perhaps the price of the impact of the Society of Jesus is that both hagiographical and demonic myths have encrusted its early history. This learned and eloquent study scrapes away those myths in order to tell the complex, almost improvisational history of the first twenty-five years of the Society of Jesus...No study in any language provides such an authoritative and fascinating picture.
— Paul F. Grendler

The Way

A magnificent achievement both of synthesis and interpretation.
— Philip Endean, SJ

New York Times Book Review - Peter Hebblethwaite
Neither fazed nor overwhelmed, Father O'Malley never loses sight of the forest among the myriad trees...In this book three tenacious myths bite the dust. The first is that Ignatius had a detailed blueprint for his companions...A second myth is that the Jesuits were founded to combat the Reformation and to spearhead its Roman Catholic riposte, the Counter-Reformation...The third myth is that the Jesuits were founded as the pope's shock troops...Far from being a simple chronicle, it is an account of how the Jesuits, led by the internal dynamism of the Holy Spirit, responded to unpredictable events and new needs.
New York Review of Books - Anthony Grafton
A masterly account of the first generation [of Jesuits]...carried out with an economy and insight that compel admiration.
America - John Padberg
This is surely the best book ever written in English on the first Jesuits and the early Society of Jesus. It may well be the best book on that topic ever written in any language. This is a work that is deeply original, always clear, often brilliant.
Journal of Modern History - Paul F. Grendler
This is a major study of the first crucial years of one of the most important institutions of modern Europe. Perhaps the price of the impact of the Society of Jesus is that both hagiographical and demonic myths have encrusted its early history. This learned and eloquent study scrapes away those myths in order to tell the complex, almost improvisational history of the first twenty-five years of the Society of Jesus...No study in any language provides such an authoritative and fascinating picture.
The Way - Philip Endean
A magnificent achievement both of synthesis and interpretation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674303133
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 6/18/2008
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 478
  • Sales rank: 325,445
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

John W. O’Malley is University Professor at Georgetown University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Foundations before the Founding 23
Ignatius and the First Companions 23
The Spiritual Exercises 37
2 Taking Shape for Ministry 51
The Basic Framework 52
The Campaign for Self-Understanding 62
Pastoral Ideals and Practice 69
Programs of Ministry 84
3 Ministries of the Word of God 91
Preaching 91
Sacred Lectures 104
Conversation and Publication 110
Teaching Christianity 115
Missions to the Countryside 126
The Exercises in Practice 127
4 Sacraments, Worship, Prayer 134
Confession and Casuistry 136
Holy Communion and the Eucharist 152
Holy Orders 157
Music and Worship 159
Prayer 162
5 Works of Mercy 165
Peacemaking 168
Hospitals and Prisons 171
Ministry to the Dying 174
Ministry to Prostitutes 178
Orphans and Daughters of Prostitutes 185
Jews and New Christians 188
Confraternities and the Marian Congregations 192
6 The Schools 200
Toward Messina and Beyond 201
The Faith in Education 208
Transcending the Modus Parisiensis 215
Jesuit Education 225
Failures, Frustrations, and Crisis 227
Training the Clergy 232
The Impact of the Schools 239
7 Religions and Theological Culture 243
Scholasticism 244
Renaissance Humanism 253
Catholic Piety 264
Lutheranism and the Empire 272
8 The Jesuits and the Church at Large 284
Bishops and Theologians 287
The Papacy and the Popes 296
Inquisitions and the Banning of Books 310
Reform and the Council of Trent 321
9 Prescriptions for the Future 329
Constitutions, Rules, and Traditions 335
The Vows and Grades of Membership 345
The Houses of the Society 356
Conclusion 363
Abbreviations 379
Notes 381
Index 449
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