Christianity under the Ancien Régime, 1648-1789 (New by W. R. Ward

By W. R. Ward

This booklet bargains a short, yet accomplished, account of non secular trust and event in Europe among the Westphalia settlements in 1648 and the French Revolution. The e-book is prepared round huge eu areas comparable to vital and Northwestern Europe (including Britain), Southern Europe and North and jap Europe. inside of each one bankruptcy Professor Ward discusses the church buildings of their political, social and highbrow context. With its maps, word list and advisor to additional studying, this provides to be a huge relief to scholars of Christianity less than the ancien r?gime.

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The Wrst was not specially passive: it embraced the active pursuit of religious truths, strictness of life, and the exercise of works of mercy. The end-product would be a religious life based on rule and method, not unlike that of the young Wesleys. But some would penetrate by passive contemplation to the second stage, where they would be joined by those who from the beginning had had the spirit of God in their hearts, without recognising what the object of their love was. For the distinction between divine and human love was that the latter was directed to external things, while the former could be found within in the recognition of the grace upon grace, the gift upon gift which God had granted.

This was, however, the least of her troubles. M. Guyon had, not surprisingly, been perplexed by a wife who in 1672 contracted a spiritual marriage with the child Jesus, and endeavoured within marriage to live the religious life in the technical sense; and after his death his family did not take to the idea that the disinterested love of God justiWed the abandonment of her children. If she took refuge in the reconstructed diocese of Geneva, where the bishop was struggling to convert Huguenots and educate ‘new Catholics’, she found him unwilling to add a nest of Quietists to his burdens.

Apocalypse and resistance The Wnal section of Louis XIV’s dissenters were those who remained in France but refused to conform. The toughest of these were the mountain population of the Ce´vennes. Here Calvinism had penetrated early and deep, and those who adhered to it were prepared to make a Wght. They were not politiques, were not led by politicians from the upper crust, and had already acquired from Jurieu’s grandfather, du Moulin, an interpretation of the Revelation of John which explained their suVerings and oVered imminent salvation to those who stood Wrm.

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