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.Read more
- Brings together two histories - the encounter ('discovery') and the Reformation - that are usually told separately
- Offers a new narrative of the Reformation and the transformation of Western Christianity in the sixteenth century, based upon research and writing from the past twenty years
- Narrates a story of human difference in which no one tradition is normative
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- Date Published: November 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521717977
- length: 290 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.41kg
- contains: 33 b/w illus. 4 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Beginnings:
1. Christianity in 1500
2. 'The New World'
3. 'The World'
Part II. Fragmentation:
4. The word of God and the ordering of the world
5. The ties that bind
Part III. Religion Reconceived:
8. Things and places
Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses
- Early Modern Christianity
- Historical Theology: The Reformation
- Reformation History
- Renaissance and Reformation
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