Reforming the Church Before Modernity: Patterns, Problems, and Approaches

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Lest we forget, the Reformation was by no means the first effort at administrative and theological reform in the Church. In this collection of 11 essays, generated at an August 2002 at Fordham University, contributors describe various efforts at change in the medieval period, including social change and religious reform in late antiquity and ecclesiastical reformers at the start of the "New Age," the ideas of reform and the intellectuals involved, from Augustine to Aquinus, the early scholastics, and the intellectuals of the beginning of the Early Modern period, clerical reform amongst the "reformed reformers" and in the dedication of the episcopate, and the process of reform in the Church, including that of the Roman empire, within the Cistercian order, and in the debate between the Daughters of charity and the Council of Trent. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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1 Church reform and society in late antiquity 3
2 Gaudium et Spes : ecclesiastical reformers at the start of a "new age" 21
3 Self and cosmos in becoming deiform : neoplatonic paradigms for reform by self-knowledge from Augustine to Aquinas 39
4 The early scholastics and the reform of doctrine and practice 61
5 Fides quaerens et non quaerens intellectum : reform and the intellectuals in the early modern period 69
6 Clerical hierarchy and imperial legislation in late antiquity : the reformed reformers 87
7 To consecrate the church : ecclesiastical reform and the dedication of churches 105
8 The reform of the Episcopate in the Libellus to Leo X by the Camaldolese Hermits Vincenzo Querini and Tommaso Giustiniani 139
9 The church in the Roman empire : changes without reform and reforms without change 155
10 Text and authority in the formation of the Cistercian order : re-assessing the early Cistercian reform 173
11 Compliance and defiance : The Daughters of Charity and the Council of Trent 199
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