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War against the Idols

War against the Idols
The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin


  • Date Published: May 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521379847
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  • In the second decade of the sixteenth century medieval piety suddenly began to be attacked in some places as 'idolatry', or false religion. Wherever these ideas became accepted, churches were sacked, images smashed and burned, relics destroyed, and the Catholic Mass abolished. This study calls attention to the centrality of the idolatry issue for the Reformation. It traces the development of Protestant iconoclastic theology and practice, provides a survey and synthesis of its unfolding from Erasmus through Calvin, and lays a foundation for understanding the Reformed ideology that stood in conflict with Catholicism and Lutheranism. Professor Eire's main thesis is that the argument against 'idolatry' was central to Reformed Protestantism, both in its theological aspect and in its political ramifications, and that it reached its fullest and most enduring expression in Calvinism.

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    • Date Published: May 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521379847
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The state of lay devotion in the late middle ages
    2. Erasmus as critic of late medieval piety
    3. Early reformers and the question of idolatry
    4. Iconoclasm, revolution, and the reformation in Switzerland and Geneva, 1527–1536
    5. Humanism and reform in France: the seeds of calvinism
    6. John Calvin's attack on idolatry
    7. Calvin against the nicodemites
    8. From iconoclasm to revolution: the political dimensions of the war against idolatry

  • Author

    Carlos M. N. Eire, University of Virginia

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