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The Reformation: Towards a New History

Lee Palmer Wandel

Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN 10: 0521717973 / ISBN 13: 9780521717977
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Title: The Reformation: Towards a New History

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Book Type: Paperback

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Paperback. 290 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 5.9in. x 0.8in.This book brings together two histories, of the Encounter between Europe and the western hemisphere that began in 1492 and the fragmentation of European Christendom in the sixteenth century, to recast the story of the Reformation. It restores to the polemics-idolatry, true Christian, barbarian-their deeply divisive force, even as it helps us to see past those polemics to divergent understandings of divinity, matter, and human nature. Every aspect of human life, from marriage and family through politics to conceptualizations of space and time was called into question. Debates on human nature and conversion forged new understandings of religious identity. Divergent understandings of human nature and its relationship to the material world divided Europeans on the nature and function of images and ritual. By the end of the century, there was not one Christian religion, but multiple understandings of person, matter, space, time-and of religion itself. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780521717977

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Synopsis: This book recasts the story of the Reformation by bringing together two histories: the Encounter between Europe and the western hemisphere beginning in 1492; and the fragmentation of European Christendom in the sixteenth century. In so doing, it restores resonance to 'idolatry', 'cannibal', 'barbarian', even as it moves past such polemics to trace multiple understandings of divinity, matter and human nature. So many aspects of human life, from marriage and family through politics to ways of thinking about space and time, were called into question. Debates on human nature and conversion forged new understandings of religious identity. Debates on the relationship of humanity to the material world forged new understandings of image and ritual, new understandings of physics. By the end of the century, there was not one 'Christian religion', but many, and many understandings of the Christian in the world.

Book Description: "Recommended." -Choice

"...Wandel's work offers a perceptive analysis of the effects and consequences of the Reformation's breakup of western European Christendom." -Karin Maag, H-HRE

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