Reformation Thought: An Introduction, Fourth Edition
March 2012, ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell
- This new edition of a classic text has been updated throughout with the very latest scholarship
- Includes greater coverage of the Catholic reformation, the counter-reformation, and the impact of women on the reformation
- Explores the core ideas and issues of the reformation in terms that can be easily understood by those new to the field
- Student-friendly features include images, updated bibliographies, a glossary, and a chronology of political and historical ideas
This latest edition retains all the features which made the previous editions so popular with readers, while McGrath's revisions have ensured it remains the essential student guide to the subject.
List of Figures xiii
Preface to the Fourth Edition xv
How to Use This Book xix
1 The Reformation: An Introduction 1
2 Christianity in the Late Middle Ages 23
3 Humanism and the Reformation 35
4 Scholasticism and the Reformation 59
5 The Reformers: A Biographical Introduction 75
6 The Return to the Bible 91
7 The Doctrine of Justifi cation by Faith 115
8 The Doctrine of the Church 141
9 The Doctrine of the Sacraments 163
10 The Doctrine of Predestination 191
11 The Political Thought of the Reformation 207
12 The Religious Ideas of the English Reformation 223
13 The Diffusion of the Thought of the Reformation 241
14 The Impact of Reformation Thought upon History 253
Appendix 1 A Glossary of Theological and Historical Terms 269
Appendix 2 English Translations of Major Primary Sources 277
Appendix 3 Standard Abbreviations of Major Journals and Sources 281
Appendix 4 How to Refer to Major Primary Sources 285
Appendix 5 Referring to the Psalms in the Sixteenth Century 289
Appendix 6 Updating Reformation Bibliographies 291
Appendix 7 Chronology of Political and Intellectual History 295
Alister E. McGrath is the Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion & Culture at King's College London, having previously been Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University. He is one of the world's leading Protestant theologians and has long been involved in theological education. McGrath is also the author of some of the world's most widely used theological textbooks, including the bestselling Christian Theology: An Introduction (2010, Wiley-Blackwell), now in its fifth edition. He is in constant demand as a speaker at conferences throughout the world.
An ideal introduction to the central ideas of the European reformations for students of theology and history
This new edition of a classic text has been updated throughout with the very latest scholarship, while retaining the features which made the previous editions so popular with students
Includes greater coverage of the Catholic Reformation, the Counter-Reformation, and the impact of women on the Reformation
Assumes little or no knowledge of Christian theology and presents ideas central to the reformation in terms that can be easily understood by students new to the field
Reorganized for ease of use, and for the first time includes images, along with updated bibliographies, a glossary, and a chronology of political and historical ideas
Based on many years' experience of teaching reformation studies along with valuable student feedback
“Anyone looking to understand the theological and sociopolitical world of the Protestant Reformation – and it’s present influence – would do well to look nowhere else but this latest edition of Reformation Thought.” (Jacob Sweeney's Blog, 17 May 2012)"[McGrath] is one of the best scholars and teachers of the Reformation ... Teachers will rejoice in this wonderfully useful book." (Teaching History (of a previous edition)) "Theologically informed, lucid, supremely accessible: no wonder McGrath's introduction to the Reformation has staying power!"
—Denis R. Janz, Loyola University, New Orleans
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