The Reformation of Feeling

The Reformation of Feeling

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In The Reformation of Feeling, Susan Karant-Nunn looks beyond and beneath the formal doctrinal and moral demands of the Reformation in Germany to examine the emotional tenor of the programs that the emerging creeds--revised Catholicism, Lutheranism, and Calvinism/Reformed theology--developed for their members. As revealed by the surviving sermons from this period, preaching clergy of each faith both explicitly and implicitly provided their listeners with distinct models of a mood to be cultivated. To encourage their parishioners to make an emotional investment in their faith, all three groups drew upon rhetorical elements that were already present in late medieval Catholicism and elevated them into confessional touchstones. This book is exceptional in its presentation of a cultural rather than theological or behavioral study of the broader movement to remake Christianity. As Karant-Nunn conclusively demonstrates, in the eyes of the Reformation's formative personalities strict adherence to doctrine and upright demeanor did not constitute an adequate piety. The truly devout had to engage their hearts in their faith.Only in the light of that recognition can the atonement be effective.106 The authors use the first person: I cannot keep Goda#39;s ... 113 After going through the Ten Commandments, the manual concludes with the advice that we pray to God to grow in ... Caspar Olevianus is reputed to have been a riveting, compelling preacher.

Title:The Reformation of Feeling
Author: Susan C. Karant-Nunn
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2010-04-29

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