The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation / Edition 2

The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation / Edition 2

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by Alister E. McGrath
     
 

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,

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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 defence 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631229391
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/20/2003
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction1
Pt. 1The Intellectual Context9
1The Shape of Late Medieval Religious Thought11
2Humanism and the Reformation34
3Late Medieval Theology and the Reformation67
Pt. 2Sources and Methods117
4Scripture: Translation, Text, and Tradition119
5The Interpretation of Scripture148
6The Patristic Testimony167
Conclusion: The Intellectual Heterogeneity of the Early Reformation182
Notes190
Select Bibliography254
Index273

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