Protestants: The Birth of a Revolution / Edition 1

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Who were the first men and women who abandoned the Church of Rome and became the world's first Protestants? Harvard historian Steven Ozment does not present us with the remote, dusty figures of history, but rather with the shoemakers and housewives, students and politicians who were among the first followers of Martin Luther. Using pamphlets, diaries, letters, and other primary soruces, Ozment examines the origins of the Reformation and the nature of Protestantism. Rather than seeing the Reformation as the progenitor of German absolutism, as do many scholars of the period, Ozment sees in Protestantism the historic assertion of key Western values—social reform, individual religious conviction, hard work, and the rejection of corruption, hypocrisy, and empty ritual.

Rather than viewing the Protestant Revolution as a progenitor of German absolutism, like so many of his colleagues do, Ozment finds in Protestantism the assertion of key Western values--individual religious conviction, hard work, and the rejection of hypocrisy and empty ritual. 15 illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385471015
  • Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,493,907
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Ozment is a professor of history at Harvard University, a recipient of Guggenheim and NEH fellowships, and winner of the Schaff History Prize from the American Church History Society in 1981. He is the author of ten books, all in print. His Magdalena and Balthasar and Three Behaim Boys were selections of the History Book Club. His Age of Reform was an American Book Award nominee. He is coauthor of The Western Heritage, a widely used textbook.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I In Search of the Reformation 9
1 Turning the World Upside Down 11
2 Religious Origins and Social Consequences 32
II Theology and Propaganda: The Reformation Envisioned 43
3 The Revolution of the Pamphleteers 45
4 Evangelizing the Real World 67
III From Propaganda to Law: The Reformation Enacted 87
5 Gaining a Big Stick: Ordinance and Catechism 89
6 Luther's Political Legacy 118
IV From Law to Life: The Reformation Embraced 149
7 Luther on Family Life 151
8 Turning Protestant: The Revolution Within 169
9 The Religious Beliefs of Teenagers 193
Conclusion 215
Appendix: A Digest of Theories about the Reformation 218
Notes 220
Index 259
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