By Diarmaid MacCulloch
The main profound attribute of Western Europe within the center a while used to be its cultural and non secular solidarity, a solidarity secured through a typical alignment with the Pope in Rome, and a typical language - Latin - for worship and scholarship. The Reformation shattered that harmony, and the results are nonetheless with us this present day. In All issues Made New, Diarmaid MacCulloch, writer of the New York Times bestseller Christianity: the 1st 3 Thousand Years, examines not just the Reformation's impression throughout Europe, but additionally the Catholic Counter-Reformation and the distinct evolution of faith in England, revealing how probably the most turbulent, bloody, and transformational occasions in Western historical past has formed smooth society.
The Reformation can have introduced a social revolution, MacCulloch argues, however it was once no longer as a result of social and financial forces, or maybe via an earthly inspiration like nationalism; it sprang from a major proposal approximately loss of life, salvation, and the afterlife. this concept - that salvation used to be completely in God's arms and there has been not anything people may possibly do to change his selection - ended the Catholic Church's monopoly in Europe and changed the trajectory of the total way forward for the West.
By turns passionate, humorous, meditative, and subversive, All issues Made New takes readers onto interesting new floor, exploring the unique conflicts of the Reformation and slicing via prejudices that proceed to distort well known conceptions of a non secular divide nonetheless with us after 5 centuries. This huge paintings, from essentially the most unique students of Christianity writing this day, explores the ways that historians have advised the story of the Reformation, why their interpretations have replaced so dramatically through the years, and finally, how the contested legacy of this revolution keeps to affect the realm today.
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All Things Made New: The Reformation and Its Legacy by Diarmaid MacCulloch