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By R. Po-chia Hsia

ISBN-10: 0631220178

ISBN-13: 9780631220176

This quantity brings jointly 29 new essays through top foreign students, to supply an inclusive evaluate of modern paintings in Reformation historical past.

  • Presents Catholic Renewal as a continuum of the Protestant Reformation.
  • Examines Reformation in japanese and Western Europe, Asia and the Americas.
  • Takes a huge, inclusive method – protecting either conventional themes and state of the art components of dialogue.

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Most movements, though by no means all heretics, taught people to reject those beliefs. The doctrine of purgatory, in its developed late medieval form, derived from the argument that sins absolved on earth too late for earthly penance to be completed must be worked out through suffering in the hereafter. All manner of religious rituals practiced by the living on earth might work for the benefit of souls in purgatory, above all the memorial mass. Waldenses, many Lollards, and the Taborite wing of Hussitism all renounced belief in purgatory, though many individuals found it difficult to live by such statements (Cameron, Waldenses, pp.

A saint typically had to have two characteristics, although these were not essential in the case of martyrs: holiness of life and heroic virtue. We could presume a certain holiness of life in Guinefort from the manner in which the story began – the husband, wife, and nurse left the baby unattended; Guinefort alone stayed. Guinefort was a greyhound, not the most fearsome of dogs. In waging a battle that resulted in the death of serpens maximus, he exhibited a heroic level of virtue uncommon to his breed.

Context is crucial here. Among ordinary late medieval layfolk, to keep one’s speech ostentatiously pure and modest was to stand out from one’s neighbors. To avoid blasphemy might not have been a theological “offense,” but it must have been a clear and visible cultural marker. Another potential social marker of late medieval heretics was their attitude to intermarriage with the rest of the Catholic population. Since most late medieval dissenters performed mandatory Catholic practices, intermarriage was not absolutely impracticable.

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