The Confessionalization of Humanism in Reformation Germany

The Confessionalization of Humanism in Reformation Germany

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A great deal has been written about the influence of humanism on the Reformation. The present study reverses the question, asking: how did the Reformation affect humanism? Although it is true that humanism influenced the course of the Reformation, says Erika Rummel, the dynamics of the relationship are better described by saying that humanism was co-opted, perhaps even exploited, in the religious debate. Both Reformers and Catholic reactionaries took from humanism what was useful for the advancement of their cause and suppressed what was unsuited to their purpose.show more

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  • Hardback | 219 pages
  • 161 x 236.2 x 20.6mm | 539.78g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195137124
  • 9780195137125

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If you are interested in humanism or the reformation, if you are interested in how theology and learning have impacted the past and the world we have inherited, you will want to add this book to your collection ... given the global and multicultural environment in which we all now live, this study provides a useful glimpse into how human beings confronted change, difference, and disagreement in the past. * Reviews in Religion & Theology * Enjoyable to read, thoroughly researched, cogently argued and documented ... the book should prove to be an invaluable resource for anyone with an active interest in the story of humanism in Reformation Germany. * Journal of Theological Studies * Thoughtful and attractively written. * Reformation * ... illuminates the richness and complexity of the subject. * Journal of Ecclesiastical History * ... stimulating examinations of the still vital question of how the Reformation and Renaissance humanism stood in relation to one another. * Journal of Ecclesiastical History * Rummel's work is especially helpful in pointing up the way in which the Reformation had an impact on humanism's continued development. * Journal of Ecclesiastical History * ... elegantly written ... this is a well-wrought book that illuminates and delights the reader. * Sixteenth Century Journal *show more

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