Judging Faith, Punishing Sin: Inquisitions and Consistories in the Early Modern World

Judging Faith, Punishing Sin: Inquisitions and Consistories in the Early Modern World


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Judging Faith, Punishing Sin breaks new ground by offering the first comparative treatment of Catholic inquisitions and Calvinist consistories, offering scholars a new framework for analysing religious reform and social discipline in the great Christian age of reformation. Global in scope, both institutions played critical roles in prosecuting deviance, implementing religious uniformity, and promoting moral discipline in the social upheaval of the Reformation. Rooted in local archives and addressing specific themes, the essays survey the state of scholarship and chart directions for future inquiry and, taken as a whole, demonstrate the unique convergence of penitential practice, legal innovation, church authority, and state power, and how these forces transformed Christianity. Bringing together leading scholars across four continents, this volume is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of religion in the early modern world. University students and scholars alike will appreciate its clear introduction to scholarly debates and cutting edge scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107140240
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/24/2017
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Charles H. Parker is a Professor of History at St Louis University, Missouri.

Gretchen Starr-LeBeau is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Principia College, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Introduction Charles H. Parker and Gretchen Starr-LeBeau; Part I. Institutional Contexts and Operations; Section 1. Local Contexts and Regional Variations: 1. Consistories Raymond A. Mentzer; 2. Inquisitions Christopher F. Black; Section 2. Tribunals and Jurisdictions: 3. Consistories Margo Todd; 4. Inquisitions Gretchen Starr-LeBeau and Kimberly Lynn; 5. Consistories and civil authorities Sara Beam; 6. Episcopal courts in Iberia, Italy, and Latin America Edward Behrend-Martínez; 7. Church courts in England Martin Ingram; Section 3. Judges and Shepherds: 8. Consistories William Naphy; 9. Inquisitions Kimberly Lynn; Section 4. Inquisition and Consistory Records: 10. Consistories Christian Grosse, translated by Charles Parker; 11. Inquisitions Kim Siebenhüner, translated by Heidi Bek; Part II. Consistories and Inquisitions in Action; Section 5. Programs of Moral and Religious Reform: 12. Consistories Philippe Chareyre, translated by Charles H. Parker; 13. Inquisitions Doris Moreno Martínez, translated by Gretchen Starr-LeBeau; Section 6. Victims as Actors: 14. Consistories Timothy Fehler; 15. Inquisitions Lu Ann Homza; Section 7. Negotiating Penance: 16. Consistories Karen E. Spierling; 17. Inquisitions John F. Chuchiak, IV; Section 8. Gender on Trial: Attitudes toward Femininity and Masculinity: 18. Consistories Jeffrey Watt; 19. Inquisitions Allyson M. Poska; Part III. Ecclesiastical Discipline's Expanding Reach and Decline: Section 9. Disciplinary Institutions in the Atlantic World: 20. Consistories Mark Meuwese; 21. Inquisitions Allyson Poska; Section 10. Disciplinary Institutions in an Asian Environment: 22. Consistories Hendrik E. Niemeijer; 23. Inquisitions Bruno Feitler; Section 11. The Endgame: The Decline of Institutional Correction: 24. Consistories Jo Spaans; 25. Inquisitions James E. Wadsworth; Conclusion. Reformations of penance and scholarly renascences William Monter; Index.

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