Reformation Divided

Catholics, Protestants and the Conversion of England

Author: Eamon Duffy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472934377

Category: Religion

Page: 448

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Published to mark the 500th anniversary of the events of 1517, Reformation Divided explores the impact in England of the cataclysmic transformations of European Christianity in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The religious revolution initiated by Martin Luther is usually referred to as 'The Reformation', a tendentious description implying that the shattering of the medieval religious foundations of Europe was a single process, in which a defective form of Christianity was replaced by one that was unequivocally benign, 'the midwife of the modern world'. The book challenges these assumptions by tracing the ways in which the project of reforming Christendom from within, initiated by Christian 'humanists' like Erasmus and Thomas More, broke apart into conflicting and often murderous energies and ideologies, dividing not only Catholic from Protestant, but creating deep internal rifts within all the churches which emerged from Europe's religious conflicts. The book is in three parts: In 'Thomas More and Heresy', Duffy examines how and why England's greatest humanist apparently abandoned the tolerant humanism of his youthful masterpiece Utopia, and became the bitterest opponent of the early Protestant movement. 'Counter-Reformation England' explores the ways in which post-Reformation English Catholics accommodated themselves to a complex new identity as persecuted religious dissidents within their own country, but in a European context, active participants in the global renewal of the Catholic Church. The book's final section 'The Godly and the Conversion of England' considers the ideals and difficulties of radical reformers attempting to transform the conventional Protestantism of post-Reformation England into something more ardent and committed. In addressing these subjects, Duffy shines new light on the fratricidal ideological conflicts which lasted for more than a century, and whose legacy continues to shape the modern world.

Religion in History

Conflict, Conversion and Coexistence

Author: John Wolffe

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719071072

Category: Religion

Page: 335

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This is an exceptional collection of essays that looks at the issues of conflict, conversion and coexistence in the religious context since the third century

England's Long Reformation

1500 - 1800

Author: Nicholas Tyacke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135360936

Category: History

Page: 360

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England's Long Reformation" brings together a distinguished team of scholars, who seek to advance beyond current debates concerning the English Reformation. It puts the religious changes of the 16th century in longer perspective than has been traditional and counters the recent emphasis on the popularity of pre-Reformation Catholicism. Instead the case is argued for an underlying trajectory of evangelical activity from the 1520s. The contributors also examine some of the hybrid religious forms which developed and the propagation of the more uncompromising messages of Puritanism and Counter-Reformed Catholicism.; Taking their cue fom continental historians, the authors demonstrate the insights which can be derived by taking a long view of the Reformation in England. The processes of Protestantization and indeed Christianization were involved, with each new generation needing to be won over or at least re- educated. The interaction of religion and society - particularly as regards the so-called "reformation of manners" - is another central theme. Ranging from Tudor Norwich to Hanoverian Bristol, the work collectively breaks down some of the artificial barriers created by periodization and encourages a new way of looking at the English Reformation. This volume should prove valuable reading for those interested in the making of a Protestant nation.

The Issues That Divide Christians

Author: Christopher Phillips

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469105659

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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?The Issues That Divide Christians?, is about specific issues in America that Christopher feels has divided Christians and has kept Christians apart and not walking in unity. Christopher wrote the book after having what he feels being spoken to in a dream by God and then, went to writing the book. In ?The Issues That Divide Christians?, Christopher talks about issues such as abortion, homosexuality, politics, racism, and other issues that not only America is divided over, but, also, Christians, who are supposed to be The Body of Christ. Christopher?s hope and prayer is by discussing what the Bible says about these specific issues, then Christians can walk in unity and together change America with the truth of God?s word.

The History and Origins of the surname Threston

Author: Roger McHugh,Dr. Amy Lynn

Publisher: Roger McHugh

ISBN: 1496164024

Category: History

Page: 44

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History and origins of the surname Threston. Researched for over three years by professional genealogists Roger McHugh of Kent, England, and, Amy Lynn, Ph.D. of Salt Lake City, UT. Not only does the book give facts about the Threston surname, it also provides extremely interesting historical tidbits. The Thresten/Threston family not only to proved to be one of the oldest families the team of McHugh and Lynn ever traced, but, also one of the more historically significant families that never received due credit. Their findings include a family member who was a Knight's Templar, and, facts such as the family was once of nobility status, and, family members are related to people such as Sir Winston Churchill, Princess Diana, Prince Charles and, the Lewknor family who at one time owned Bodiam Castle which is still in existence today.