The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation / Edition 2

The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation / Edition 2

by Alister E. McGrath
ISBN-10:
0631229396
ISBN-13:
9780631229391
Pub. Date:
10/20/2003
Publisher:
Wiley
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The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation / Edition 2

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.

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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