The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation / Edition 2

The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation / Edition 2

by Alister E. McGrath
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0631229396

ISBN-13: 9780631229391

Pub. Date: 10/20/2003

Publisher: Wiley

The sixteenth-century Reformation remains a fascinating and exciting area of study. The revised edition of this distinguished volume explores the intellectual origins of the Reformation and examines the importance of ideas in the shaping of history.

  • Provides an updated and expanded version of the original, highly-acclaimed edition.

Overview

The sixteenth-century Reformation remains a fascinating and exciting area of study. The revised edition of this distinguished volume explores the intellectual origins of the Reformation and examines the importance of ideas in the shaping of history.

  • Provides an updated and expanded version of the original, highly-acclaimed edition.
  • Explores the complex intellectual roots of the Reformation, offering a sustained engagement with the ideas of humanism and scholasticism.
  • Demonstrates how the intellectual origins of the Reformation were heterogeneous, and examines the implications of this for our understanding of the Reformation as a whole.
  • Offers a defence of the entire enterprise of intellectual history, and a reaffirmation of the importance of ideas to the development of history.
  • Written by Alister E. McGrath, one of today’s best-known Christian writers.

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)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Abbreviationsx
Introduction1
Part 1The Intellectual Context9
1The Shape of Late Medieval Religious Thought11
The Rise of Lay Religion11
The Crisis of Authority Within the Church15
The Development of Doctrinal Diversity18
Forerunners of the Reformation29
2Humanism and the Reformation34
Humanism: The Problem of Definition34
Characteristic Features of Northern European Humanism40
Humanism and the Origins of the Reformed Church44
Humanism and the Origins of the Lutheran Church58
3Late Medieval Theology and the Reformation67
Nominalism: The Problem of Definition68
Via Moderna73
Schola Augustiniana Moderna82
Late Medieval Theology and the Origins of Reformed Theology88
Late Medieval Theology and the Origins of Lutheran Theology103
Part 2Sources and Methods117
4Scripture: Translation, Text, and Tradition119
The Medieval Consensus on the Theological Priority of Scripture120
The Vulgate Translation of the Bible121
The Humanist Return Ad Fontes125
The Critique of the Vulgate130
The Concept of Tradition137
The Principle Sola Scriptura144
5The Interpretation of Scripture148
Scholasticism: The Fourfold Sense of Scripture148
Humanism: The Letter and the Spirit150
Hermeneutics and the Origins of the Reformed Church153
Hermeneutics and the Origins of the Lutheran Church159
6The Patristic Testimony167
The Scholastic Reception of Augustine168
The Humanist Reception of Augustine173
The Patristic Testimony and the Origins of the Reformed Church174
The Patristic Testimony and the Origins of the Lutheran Church176
Conclusion: The Intellectual Heterogeneity of the Early Reformation182
Notes190
Select Bibliography254
Index273

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