The Protestant Reformation and World Christianity: Global Perspectives

The Protestant Reformation and World Christianity: Global Perspectives

The Protestant Reformation and World Christianity: Global Perspectives

The Protestant Reformation and World Christianity: Global Perspectives

Synopsis

The sixteenth-century Reformation in all its forms and expressions sought nothing less than the transformation of the Christian faith. Five hundred years later, in today's context of world Christianity, the transformation continues. In this volume, editor Dale Irvin draws together a variety of international Christian perspectives that open up new understandings of the Reformation.

In six chapters, contributors offer general discussions and case studies of the effects of the Protestant Reformation on global communities from the sixteenth century to the present. Together, these essays encourage a reading and interpretation of the Reformation that will aid in the further transformation of Christianity today.

CONTENTS:

Introduction
1. Jews and Muslims in Europe: Exorcising Prejudice against the Other Charles Amjad-Ali
2. Spaniards in the Americas: Las Casas among the Reformers Joel Morales Cruz
3. Women from Then to Now: A Commitment to Mutuality and Literacy Rebecca A. Giselbrecht
4. The Global South: The Synod of Dort on Baptizing the "Ethnics" David D. Daniels
5. The Protestant Reformations in Asia: A Blessing or a Curse? Peter C. Phan
6. The Modern Era: Contemporary Challenges in Light of the Reformation Vladimir Latinovic

Excerpt

Dale T. Irvin

Five centuries have now passed since Martin Luther sent a copy of Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgentiarum (often translated as “The Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences”) to the Archbishop of Mainz in 1517. By all accounts the young German monk initially intended nothing more than to open up a dialogue in the form of a scholarly debate concerning a number of church practices that he considered improper. the debate soon took on a form that Luther never intended or imagined. Within a few years its reverberations were being felt across Europe, and eventually in other parts of the world. An era of reform opened up, not entirely initiated by Luther but certainly spurred on one way or another by his writings. Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich (or Huldrych) Zwingli, and Thomas Cranmer had neither the first nor the last word when it came to determining the scope or meaning of the dialogues that coalesced to form the sixteenthcentury Reformation(s) with which their names are so closely associated. To them we can add the names of Erasmus of Rotterdam, Johann Tetzel, Katharina von Bora, Kaspar Schwenckfeld, Thomas Müntzer, Michael Sattler, Katharina Schütz Zell, Heinrich Bullinger, Jeanne d’Albret, Andreas Karlstadt, Philipp Melanchthon, Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros, and a host of others. Some remained faithful members of the Roman Catholic Church. Others found themselves . . .

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