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202 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Like New. CHRISTIANITY. The reforming movements of the 16th century were constantly being attacked by Rome for breaking the unity of the Apostolic Church. To counter these accusations the reformers turned to qustions of tradition, history and identity in order to define and express the religious, political and social ideals of their movement. Though this debate was carried on with great vigour and spawned an enormous corpus of literature, a unifying concept of Protestant identity proved elusive; the process produced only divergent theological conclusions and conflicting social and political goals. This volume presents a set of archive-based studies which examine and interpret the issues of identity and history so fundamental to the reformers. They examine the most important problems addressed, including the relationship between belief and locality in the formation of religious identity, the limitations to a coherent identity in protest, the effects of success on Protestant identity, and the nature of history as it applies to God's Church. Table of contents: The later reformation-the changing face of Protestant history and identity in the 16th century, Bruce Gordon; "No history can satisfy everyone"-Geneva's chroniclers and emerging religious identities, William Naphy; Jean Crespin and the writing of history in the French Reformation, David Watson; Adriaan van Haemstede-the heretic as historian, Andrew Pettegree; David or Josiah? Old Testament kings as exemplars in Edwardian religious polemic, Christopher Bradshaw; Calvinism and the Dutch Isreal thesis, Paul Regan; the Protestant interpretation of history in Ireland-the case of James Ussher's discource, Ute Lotz-Huemann; let the fiancees beware-Luther, the lawyers and betrothal in 16th century Saxony, Pamela Biel; ritual and Protestant identity in late-Reformation Germany, Bodo Nischan; the search for a Protestant historical identity and the origins of Calvinist millenarianism, Howard Hotson. (Key Words: Protestant History, Christianity, Bruce Gordon, Religion, William Naphy; Jean Crespin, French Reformation, David Watson, Adriaan van Haemstede, Andrew Pettegree, Old Testament Kings, Christopher Bradshaw, Calvinism, Paul Regan, Protestantism, Ireland, James Ussher, Ute Lotz-Huemann, Martin Luther, Pamela Biel, Bodo Nischan, Howard Hotson).
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