The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation

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Wiley, Oct 10, 2003 - Religion - 304 pages
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The sixteenth-century Reformation remains a fascinating and exciting area of study. The revised edition of this distinguished volume explores the intellectual origins of the Reformation and examines the importance of ideas in the shaping of history.

  • Provides an updated and expanded version of the original, highly-acclaimed edition.
  • Explores the complex intellectual roots of the Reformation, offering a sustained engagement with the ideas of humanism and scholasticism.
  • Demonstrates how the intellectual origins of the Reformation were heterogeneous, and examines the implications of this for our understanding of the Reformation as a whole.
  • Offers a defence of the entire enterprise of intellectual history, and a reaffirmation of the importance of ideas to the development of history.
  • Written by Alister E. McGrath, one of today’s best-known Christian writers.

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A good writer should be able to put complex ideas over in clear English. I found the language of this book unnecessarily complex and stilted. Read full review

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Alister E. McGrath isProfessor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, and Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including The Future of Christianity, Christian Theology: An Introduction, 3rd edition, and In The Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible.

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