Looking for an examination copy?
This title is not currently available for examination. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact email@example.com providing details of the course you are teaching.
During the Counter-Reformation in southern Europe, Catholic Church officials developed rules to legitimize miracles performed by candidates to sainthood. The Rationalization of Miracles uncovers a tacit understanding between central religious officials and local religious activists. Each group had a vested interest in declaring miracles: Catholic Church leaders sought legitimacy in the wake of the crisis of faith created by the Protestant Schism and religious acolytes needed Church approval to secure a flow of resources to their movements. The Church's new procedure of deeming miracles “true” when there were witnesses of different statuses and the acts occurred in the presence of a candidate's acolyte served the needs of both parties. And by developing rules and procedures for evaluating miracles, the Church rationalized the magic at the root of the miracles, thereby propelling the institution out of a period of institutional, political, and social uncertainty and forming the basis of modern sainthood.Read more
- Provides unique data extracted from the Vatican archives
- Includes a novel theoretical argument that sees the interaction between an organization and a social movement as a commitment instead of a conflict
- Uses tools of network analysis to analyze historical evidence
Reviews & endorsements
'Parigi has done something wonderful by combining quantitative sociology with a touch of Calvino. It is both enlightening and a fabulous read.' Emily Erikson, Yale UniversitySee more reviews
'The Rationalization of Miracles is one of the most innovative works in recent years. Combining detailed archival investigations with new formal techniques, Parigi manages to re-create the social processes whereby groups of persons mobilized behind the candidacy of potential saints, shedding new light on a topic that has been studied for centuries. It will be required reading not only for the history of religion, but for students of social movements and, indeed, of the relation between culture and social networks.' John Levi Martin, University of Chicago
'This book offers a fascinating interpretation of how and why the Catholic Church invented rules to govern the process of evaluating miracles during the Counter-Reformation. Emphasizing the largely secular challenges the Church faced in the wake of the Protestant reformation, Parigi makes the case that the Church hierarchy and local clerics joined forces to reward miracles that cross-cut social categories, thereby solidifying the organizational structure of the recently weakened Church. More organizational theory than religious history, the captivating details of early modern miracles are nevertheless the key to making this book of interest to a wide range of readers.' Katherine Stovel, University of Washington
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- Date Published: June 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107663053
- length: 214 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
- weight: 0.29kg
- contains: 15 b/w illus. 9 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The congregatio sacrorum rituum
2. The living saint
3. The acolytes
4. The devil's advocate and the doctor
5. Manufacturing true miracles.
Sorry, this resource is locked
Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email firstname.lastname@example.orgRegister Sign in
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×
Are you sure you want to delete your account?
This cannot be undone.
Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.
If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.×