The Protestant Clergy of Early Modern Europe by C. Scott Dixon, Luise Schorn-Schutte

By C. Scott Dixon, Luise Schorn-Schutte

The Protestant Clergy of Early sleek Europe presents a complete survey of the Protestant clergy in Europe throughout the confessional age. 8 contributions, written by way of historians with expert study wisdom within the box, supply the reader a wide-ranging synthesis of the most matters of present historiography.

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The highest order (the prelates) ‘purges, illumines, and perfects, and not the opposite; the lowest [the laity] is to be purged, illuminated and perfected, and not the opposite.

16 The appointment to office had both a spiritual and an economic side; indeed, the two were closely bound together. In this, the Protestant practice more or less picked up the thread of preReformation developments. 17 Set in motion by the proposal of the patrons of the local church (and this might include communes with the right of election), the church authorities then confirmed the selection of an appropriately qualified candidate. 18 The assumption of the various economic rights and obligations was followed by the ceremonial investment of the clerical office, which was brought to a close with a church service and an inaugural sermon in the presence of the local parishioners and the secular authorities.

This was sufficient for the kind of religion they sought to convey. The emphasis on practical pastoral care to aid access to heaven through works reduced the need for ‘theological’ instruction – one paradox of medieval Catholicism is that its theology was far too abstruse for parochial needs. Preaching, therefore, dealt with practice rather than doctrinal analysis; exegesis was for the experts. For the laity, exhortation, recrimination, castigation and encouragement were enough. N. Swanson instructional manuals.

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