Luther and Calvin: Religious Revolutionaries
Relatively few people today - either within or outside the church - understand the extent to which the 16th century Reformation shaped the Western culture that we live in. This book explores the political and intellectual changes that sprang from...
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Relatively few people today - either within or outside the church - understand the extent to which the 16th century Reformation shaped the Western culture that we live in. This book explores the political and intellectual changes that sprang from the teachings of the reformers Martin Luther and John Calvin. 192 pages, from Lion Hudson.
This book explores why it is important to know what Luther and Calvin thoughts - primarily because the sixteenth-century Reformation began a process of political and intellectual change which not only shapes Europe and Western thoughts as we know it today, but which spread to the 'New World' and has deeply influenced American culture too. The book is divided into the following chapters: - Luther and Calvin in context - What Luther said - What Calvin said - Arguments about what Luther and Calvin said - The Making of Lutheranism and the Reformed tradition
Martin Luther and John Calvin have both left dramatic and lasting influences on Christianity and on European society. Their calls for reform led to the church breaking off in different directions, and people and nations believed so passionately for or against their causes that wars ravaged Europe for decades. But what exactly did they teach? This book presents Luther and Calvin in context, looking at the work and ideas of each in turn and then at the making of Lutheranism and the Reformed tradition, showing how the sixteenth-century Reformation began a process of political and intellectual change that went beyond Europe to the 'New World'. The result is that today its influence is tangible all over the Western world. Perfect for those who want to understand and engage with what Luther and Calvin thought, and with the debates surrounding interpretation, this book is an excellent introduction to two of Christianity's most famous thinkers. Charlotte Methuen teaches Church history at the University of Glasgow, and has also worked a the Universities of Hamburg, Bochum, Oxford and Mainz. She specializes in the Reformation period and is the author of numerous books and articles.
Revd Canon Dr Charlotte Methuen (Ph.D., Faculty of Divinity, University of Edinburgh) is University Research Lecturer, Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford. Dr Methuen is the author of Keplers Tbingen: Stimulus to a Theological Mathematics (Studies in Reformation History; Aldershot: Ashgate 1998); If you love something, let it go... Reflections for Ash Wednesday to Pentecost (Inspire: Peterborough 2004); Science and Theology in the Reformation: Studies in Theological Interpretation and Astronomical Observation in Sixteenth-Century Germany (T & T Clark: London 2008) and What Luther and Calvin Really Said (Lion, 2010)
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