From Theology to History: French Religious Controversy and the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes

From Theology to History: French Religious Controversy and the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes : French Religious Controversy and the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes

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Toutes ces belles contro[yen]erses Sur les religions di[yen]erses N'ont jamais produit aucun bien: Chacun s' anime pour la sienne; Et que fait-on pour la chretienne? On dispute, et l'on ne fait rien. - Saint-E[yen]remond, 1614-1703. This book asserts, contrary to Saint-E[yen]remond, that religious controversy on the eve of the Enlightenment was far from sterile or antichristian. In reconstructing a French religious debate of the era of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, it shows how the debate allowed both lay and clerical thinkers of the late seventeenth century to discuss the critical issues of their own day. The Revocation era was an era of crisis not only for French Protestantism, but for Protestantism in general: the final acts of the English Revolution were played out during these years, and the northern maritime alliance against the Catholic Louis XIV took shape. The Revocation era was also a period of exciting intellectual ferment in religion, morality, politics and science. Although the topic of the religious debate in France was historical - the history of the Reformation, the discussion of the topic reflected both the crisis and ferment of the times.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 14.22mm | 415g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1973
  • X, 254 p.
  • 9401020116
  • 9789401020114

Table of contents

One: French Religious Controversy and the Argument from History, 1671 to 1691.- One: The Context of the Debate.- Two: The Sources of Argument.- Three: The Use of History: Ideal and Reality.- Two: The Historical Argument.- Four: The Reformation Defined.- Five: The Reformers in Word and Deed.- Six: A House Divided, 1560-1598.- Seven: Justification by History.- Appendices.- List of References.- Appendix One: Vitae of the Controversialists.- Appendix Two: The Historical Controversy in the Eighteenth Century.- List of Abbreviations.
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