By Diarmaid MacCulloch
The main profound attribute of Western Europe within the center a while used to be its cultural and spiritual cohesion, a solidarity secured by means of a typical alignment with the Pope in Rome, and a standard language - Latin - for worship and scholarship. The Reformation shattered that harmony, and the implications are nonetheless with us this day. In All issues Made New, Diarmaid MacCulloch, writer of the New York Times bestseller Christianity: the 1st 3 Thousand Years, examines not just the Reformation's influence throughout Europe, but in addition the Catholic Counter-Reformation and the specified evolution of faith in England, revealing how the most turbulent, bloody, and transformational occasions in Western background has formed sleek society.
The Reformation could have introduced a social revolution, MacCulloch argues, however it used to be no longer attributable to social and financial forces, or perhaps via an earthly thought like nationalism; it sprang from a huge concept approximately dying, salvation, and the afterlife. this concept - that salvation was once fullyyt in God's fingers and there has been not anything people might do to change his selection - ended the Catholic Church's monopoly in Europe and adjusted the trajectory of the total way forward for the West.
By turns passionate, humorous, meditative, and subversive, All issues Made New takes readers onto attention-grabbing new flooring, exploring the unique conflicts of the Reformation and slicing via prejudices that proceed to distort renowned conceptions of a spiritual divide nonetheless with us after 5 centuries. This huge paintings, from the most unusual students of Christianity writing this present day, explores the ways that historians have instructed the story of the Reformation, why their interpretations have replaced so dramatically over the years, and finally, how the contested legacy of this revolution keeps to affect the realm today.
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Inquiries concerning reproduction outside the scope of the above should be sent to the Rights Department, Oxford University Press, at the address above. You must not circulate this work in any other form and you must impose this same condition on any acquirer. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: MacCulloch, Diarmaid, author. Title: All things made new : the Reformation and its legacy / Diarmaid MacCulloch. Description: New York : Oxford University Press, 2016. | Includes bibliographical references and index.
Instead it drove them to conceive of their God not simply as all-powerful, but passionately concerned with their response to Him, and passionate in anger as well as love towards them. Such an intensely personal deity who was nevertheless the God for all humanity was very different from the supreme deity who emerged from Greek philosophy in the thought of Plato: all-perfect, and therefore immune to change and so devoid also of the passion which denotes change. The first generations of Christians were Jews of the Eastern Mediterranean who lived in a Hellenistic world, shaped by Greek elite culture at least from the time of Alexander the Great’s conquests, four centuries before.
Title-page of The Byble in Englyshe, sixth edition, November 1541. 8). Reproduced by kind permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library 8. Gerhard Flicke, portrait of Thomas Cranmer, 1545. National Portrait Gallery, London. Photograph: Alamy 9. Portrait of Thomas Cranmer from Gilbert Burnet, The History of the Reformation of the Church of England, 1679–82, Vol. 1, facing p. 179. Photograph: University of California Libraries 10. Anon. (English school), portrait of Thomas Cranmer, after 1547.