The reformation

The reformation

by Williston Walker
     
 

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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning

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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

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ISBN-13:
2940022990454
Publisher:
New York : C. Schribner''s Sons
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
776 KB

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THE KEFOBMATICXN. CHAPTER L INTRODUCTION : THE GEIJERAI, CHARACTER OF TH REFORMATION. The four most prominent events of modern history are the invasion of the barbarians, which blended the German and Roman elements of civilization, and subjected the new nations to the influence of Christianity; the crusades, which broke up the stagnation of European society, and by inflicting a blow upon the feudal system opened a path for the centralization of the nations and governments of Europe; the Reformation, in which religion was purified and the human mind emancipated from sacerdotal authority ; and the French Revolution, a tremendous struggle for political equality. The Reformation, like these other great social convulsions, was long in preparation. Of the French Revolution, the last upon the list of historical epochs of capital importance, De Tocqueville observes: " It was least of all a fortuitous event. It is true that it took the world by surprise; and yet it was only the completion of travail most prolonged, the sadden and violent termination of a work on whicu ten generations had been laboring."l The method of Providence in history is never magical. In proportion to the magnitude of the catastrophe are the length of time and the variety of agencies which are employed in produeing it. Events, because they are unexpected and startling, are not to be ascribed merely to some proximate antecedent. The Protestant movement is often looked upon as hardly less preternatural and astonishing than would be the rising of the sun at midnight. But the more it is examined, the less does it wear this marvelous aspect. In truth, never was a historical crisis more elaborately prepared, andthis through a train of causes which reach back into the remote past. Nor is it the fact that such even...

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