By Thomas Max Safley
Within the 16th century, the Christian church and Christian worship fragmented right into a multiplicity of confessions that has grown to the current day. The essays during this quantity reveal that multiconfessionalism, understood because the legally well-known and politically supported coexistence of 2 or extra confessions in one polity, was once the guideline instead of the exception for many of early smooth Europe. The individuals research its motives and results. They exhibit that neighborhood non secular teams around the continent may possibly cooperate with confessional competitors and oppose political professionals to make judgements approximately their spiritual lives, looking on neighborhood stipulations and contingencies. In so doing, this quantity deals a brand new imaginative and prescient of faith, nation, and society in early sleek Europe.Contributors contain: Bernard Capp, John R. D. Coffey, Jérémie Foa, David Frick, Raymond Gillespie, Benjamin Kaplan, Howard Louthan, David Luebke, Keith Luria, Guido Marnef, Graeme Murdock, Richard Ninness, Penny Roberts, Jesse Spohnholz, Peter Wallace, Lee Palmer Wandel.
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John Calvin taught a different numbering of the Commandments. A multitude of texts accelerated that fragmentation, as sermons, liturgies, catechisms, treatises, satires, dialogues, plays, and confessions took up words, clauses, sentences, to articulate what their authors held to be true: about the nature of God; Christ’s two natures, divine and human; God’s relationship to humankind; the nature of worship, how one honored God, in the language of the time; how one should live in the world as a Christian.
30 At yet another level, each Church identifies certain texts as constitutive of its textual “tradition,” others as perhaps “influential”—as, for instance, Zwingli’s Sixty-Seven Articles—but not normative. Modern anthologies contribute to that articulation of “tradition,” as they delineate textual lineages of influence. In the selecting of some texts and not others—for publication, for anthologizing, for translation—Churches continue a dialectic of definition: which texts properly belong to the history of that Church, which not.
The process of revision has just begun. The essays of this volume suggest both the ground that has been won and the ways yet to be traveled. 49 New, forthcoming research on the territory of Swabia and its Imperial cities, above all Augsburg, indicate that confessional policies did not necessarily prevent multiconfessionalism. Prescription is not description. PART ONE CONFESSIONS CONFESSIONS Lee Palmer Wandel The fragmentation of Christendom in the 16th century engendered an ocean of words: sermons and songs, treatises and diatribes, testimonies and accusations.
A Companion to Multiconfessionalism in the Early Modern World by Thomas Max Safley