The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation

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It is widely recognized that the sixteenth-century Reformation remains one of the most fascinating and exciting areas of scholarship. A central and important question, raised by intensive modern research on the Renaissance and late medieval scholasticism, concerns the intellectual origins of the Reformation. This updated and expanded version of the original, highly acclaimed edition of 1987 explores the complex intellectual roots of the Reformation, offering a sustained engagement with the ideas of humanism and ...
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Overview

It is widely recognized that the sixteenth-century Reformation remains one of the most fascinating and exciting areas of scholarship. A central and important question, raised by intensive modern research on the Renaissance and late medieval scholasticism, concerns the intellectual origins of the Reformation. This updated and expanded version of the original, highly acclaimed edition of 1987 explores the complex intellectual roots of the Reformation, offering a sustained engagement with the ideas of humanism and scholasticism. McGrath demonstrates how the intellectual origins of the Reformation were heterogeneous, and draws out the implications of this finding for our understanding of the Reformation as a whole. McGrath's reading of the Reformation against its complex intellectual background opens up new insights into this highly significant historical phenomenon. Yet this is more than a fascinating exploration in the history of ideas; it is also a defense of the entire enterprise of intellectual history in the face of social historical approaches, and a reaffirmation of the importance of ideas to the development of history.
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"A significant study for those with a serious interest in Reformation thought." Reformed Theological Journal
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  • ISBN-13: 9780631151449
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1987
  • Pages: 272

Meet the Author

Alister E. McGrath isProfessor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, and Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including The Future of Christianity, Christian Theology: An Introduction, 3rd edition, and In The Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Intellectual Context 9
1 The Shape of Late Medieval Religious Thought 11
2 Humanism and the Reformation 34
3 Late Medieval Theology and the Reformation 67
Pt. 2 Sources and Methods 117
4 Scripture: Translation, Text, and Tradition 119
5 The Interpretation of Scripture 148
6 The Patristic Testimony 167
Conclusion: The Intellectual Heterogeneity of the Early Reformation 182
Notes 190
Select Bibliography 254
Index 273
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