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Judging Faith, Punishing Sin

Inquisitions and Consistories in the Early Modern World

Judging Faith, Punishing Sin

Inquisitions and Consistories in the Early Modern World

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316505861
Number of Pages: 411
Published: 11/06/2020
Width: 23 cm
Height: 15 cm
Judging Faith, Punishing Sin breaks new ground by offering the first comparative treatment of Catholic inquisitions and Calvinist consistories, offering scholars a new framework for analysing religious reform and social discipline in the great Christian age of reformation. Global in scope, both institutions played critical roles in prosecuting deviance, implementing religious uniformity, and promoting moral discipline in the social upheaval of the Reformation. Rooted in local archives and addressing specific themes, the essays survey the state of scholarship and chart directions for future inquiry and, taken as a whole, demonstrate the unique convergence of penitential practice, legal innovation, church authority, and state power, and how these forces transformed Christianity. Bringing together leading scholars across four continents, this volume is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of religion in the early modern world. University students and scholars alike will appreciate its clear introduction to scholarly debates and cutting edge scholarship.

Charles H. Parker (St Louis University, Missouri), Gretchen Starr-LeBeau (Principia College, Illinois)

Charles H. Parker is a Professor of History at St Louis University, Missouri. Gretchen Starr-LeBeau is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Principia College, Illinois.

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