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The Inner Life of Catholic Reform

From the Council of Trent to the Enlightenment

Ulrich L. Lehner

The Inner Life of Catholic Reform

The Inner Life of Catholic Reform

From the Council of Trent to the Enlightenment

The Inner Life of Catholic Reform

 

The Inner Life of Catholic Reform offers a longue durée overview of the sentiments and spiritual ideas of the 250-year long time span from the ending of the Council of Trent to the Catholic Enlightenment, known as Catholic Reform.


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Beschrijving The Inner Life of Catholic Reform

In The Inner Life of Catholic Reform, Ulrich Lehner offers a longue durée overview of the sentiments and spiritual ideas of the 250-year long time span following the Council of Trent, known as Catholic Reform. While there have been many studies of the so-called Counter-Reformation, the political side of Catholic Reform, and of its institutional and social history, the sentiments, motivations and religious practices of Catholic Reform—what Lehner calls
the "inner life"—have been mostly neglected.

Reform, Lehner argues, was not something that occurred merely through institutional changes, new laws, and social control. For early modern Catholics, church reform began with personal reform and attempts to live in a state of grace. Lehner seeks to take these religious commitments seriously and understand them on their own terms. The central question he asks is "What did Catholics do to obtain salvation, to make themselves pleasing to God?" Lehner examines how the spiritual
ideas that emerged from attempts to wrestle with the question of the salvation of souls changed the Catholic view of the world.

Drawing on a plethora of published and unpublished sources and a wide array of secondary literature—with an emphasis on Europe, but integrating material from Africa, America, and Asia—Lehner documents this transformative period in history, when Catholicism became a "world religion."


ISBN
9780197620601
Pagina's
312
Verschijnt
NUR
706
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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