By W. R. Ward

This ebook bargains a short, yet complete, account of non secular trust and adventure in Europe among the Westphalia settlements in 1648 and the French Revolution. The booklet is prepared round huge ecu areas comparable to relevant and Northwestern Europe (including Britain), Southern Europe and North and jap Europe. inside every one bankruptcy Professor Ward discusses the church buildings of their political, social and highbrow context. With its maps, thesaurus and consultant to additional examining, this can provide to be an important relief to scholars of Christianity below the ancien r?gime.

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Protestants everywhere regarded the Bull as an attempt to make people aYrm what they knew was not true, or repudiate what they knew was true; at all events the alliance of pope and 30 Church and state in central and north-western Europe monarchy was now publicly on the line, and Jansenism now subtly changed with it, becoming a shibboleth of those opposed to monarchical and papal power, of parlementary Gallicans defending royal power against the Pope and his royal ally, and of lower clergy resisting the bishops.

Thus from the beginning Quietism raised the question not only of the way to God, but of who should set the tone of Catholic piety in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. In the France of Louis XIV the close relations between the King and his Jesuit confessors in matters of religious policy guaranteed that Quietism would raise questions of authority in the state as well as in the church, the more so as a hapless woman, Mme Guyon (1648–1717), showed some capacity to pull wires at court.

These are the truths of faith, based on God’s word and on experience’. This last word was the key to the matter. Poiret, Tersteegen and Arnold were none of them rich patrons indulging a whim to rescue a curious literature from neglect; they were catering for a market which was weary of the high orthodoxies, Protestant and Catholic, and ready for immediate reports of religious experience, however unfamiliar. If there was one thing calculated to make this kind of thing go with a swing in those circles in the west of the Empire where hostility to court mores in which the pace was set by French fashion was deeply ingrained, it was the combined brutality of church and state under Louis XIV against the devotees of experiential religion.

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