Frontiers of the Reformation : Dissidence and Orthodoxy in Sixteenth-Century Europe

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-11-01
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co

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In this fascinating collection, Auke Jelsma explores the byways and outer reaches of the Reformation: groups and individuals who, in an age of confessional strife, eschewed the certainties of the established churches and sought religious truth in unconventional ways and across confessional boundaries. The author, one of the most distinguished Dutch Church historians of his generation, casts a humane and sympathetic light on forms of belief that in their own day attracted censure from the orthodox of both sides, and have been little considered in subsequent general treatments of the Reformation. Subjects include the Congregation of Windesheim and its influence on Protestantism; the role of women in the Anabaptist kingdom of Münster; the Devil in Protestantism; the Protestant attack on popular culture; marriage and the family; the sixteenth-century reception of St John of the Cross and Protestant spirituality.

Author Biography

Auke Jelsma is Professor of Church History at the Theological University, Kampen, The Netherlands.

Table of Contents

Preface ix(2)
Acknowledgements xi
Introduction: competing concepts of reformation 1(8)
1 Reluctant rejection: the Congregation of Windesheim and the Protestant Reformation
2 The Devil and Protestantism
3 A `Messiah for women': religious commotion in north-east Switzerland, 1525-26
4 The king and the women: Munster 1534-35
5 Women martyrs in a revolutionary age: a comparison of books of martyrs
6 Why the Reformation failed
7 The attack of Reformed Protestantism on society's mentality in the northern Netherlands during the second half of the sixteenth century
8 `What man and woman are meant for': On marriage and family at the time of the Reformation
9 Believing in darkness: a Protestant view of St John of the Cross
10 The reception of John of the Cross within Protestantism
11 Without a roof over one's head: Stephen Gardiner (1483?-1555) and some characteristics of Protestant spirituality
Index 189

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