Reformation thesis

While the emphasis appears to be more on capital allocation rather than “ethics” or “capitalism” this looks sort of like Max Weber revived.

The Religion of Protestants: the Church in English Society, 1559-1625 by P. Collinson (1982)

By the time of the Reformation, we have a Catholic church that

  • believes that everyday devotion and Bible reading are for monks.
  • believes that our approach to God is increasingly through saints, Mary, and the "miracle" of the Mass.
  • believes that the church should be a large, wealthy, and worldwide institution, as powerful as an emperor.
  • is threatened by the new "humanism" of the Renaissance, at least in some quarters. Some leaders, including powerful bishops and cardinals, were anxious to promote this new learning.
At the same time, we have a population, as we have outlined in previous lessons, that was influenced by
  • wandering preachers who in some cases offered a piety that was superior in morals to the local clergy
  • mystic teachings such as Thomas a Kempis's book The Imitation of Christ , which called for a closer walk with God
  • superstitious practices such as indulgences, pilgrimages, images of saints, etc.
There was no clear indication that a crisis was approaching, or that current efforts to reform the church from within could not continue peacefully.
 

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By the time of the Reformation, we have a Catholic church that

  • believes that everyday devotion and Bible reading are for monks.
  • believes that our approach to God is increasingly through saints, Mary, and the "miracle" of the Mass.
  • believes that the church should be a large, wealthy, and worldwide institution, as powerful as an emperor.
  • is threatened by the new "humanism" of the Renaissance, at least in some quarters. Some leaders, including powerful bishops and cardinals, were anxious to promote this new learning.
At the same time, we have a population, as we have outlined in previous lessons, that was influenced by
  • wandering preachers who in some cases offered a piety that was superior in morals to the local clergy
  • mystic teachings such as Thomas a Kempis's book The Imitation of Christ , which called for a closer walk with God
  • superstitious practices such as indulgences, pilgrimages, images of saints, etc.
There was no clear indication that a crisis was approaching, or that current efforts to reform the church from within could not continue peacefully.
 

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Reformation thesis

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The Religion of Protestants: the Church in English Society, 1559-1625 by P. Collinson (1982)

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reformation thesis

Reformation thesis

By the time of the Reformation, we have a Catholic church that

  • believes that everyday devotion and Bible reading are for monks.
  • believes that our approach to God is increasingly through saints, Mary, and the "miracle" of the Mass.
  • believes that the church should be a large, wealthy, and worldwide institution, as powerful as an emperor.
  • is threatened by the new "humanism" of the Renaissance, at least in some quarters. Some leaders, including powerful bishops and cardinals, were anxious to promote this new learning.
At the same time, we have a population, as we have outlined in previous lessons, that was influenced by
  • wandering preachers who in some cases offered a piety that was superior in morals to the local clergy
  • mystic teachings such as Thomas a Kempis's book The Imitation of Christ , which called for a closer walk with God
  • superstitious practices such as indulgences, pilgrimages, images of saints, etc.
There was no clear indication that a crisis was approaching, or that current efforts to reform the church from within could not continue peacefully.
 

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