Problems of authority in the Reformation debates

Problems of Authority in the Reformation Debates shows that in the early sixteenth century much was seen to be wrong with both the doctrine and the practice of authority in the Western Church. A great deal of scholarly effort was devoted at the time to trying to understand the nature of the problem,...

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Main Author: Evans, G. (Author)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1992.
Further subjects:B Religious disputation
B Authority
B Christian union
B Reformation
B Authority Religious aspects Christianity History of doctrines 16th century
B Authority Religious aspects Christianity History of doctrines, 16th century
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
Parallel Edition:Non-electronic
Print version: 9780521416863
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Summary:Problems of Authority in the Reformation Debates shows that in the early sixteenth century much was seen to be wrong with both the doctrine and the practice of authority in the Western Church. A great deal of scholarly effort was devoted at the time to trying to understand the nature of the problem, but this, as the author points out, was largely a piecemeal endeavour. No one succeeded in providing a comprehensive account of the complex 'authority' questions which were being raised about absolute divine sovereignty, the centrality of Christ, the primacy of scripture, the necessity of grace, and so on. Dr Evans aims here to piece together underlying connections in the theology of the Reformation period, as a contribution to ecumenical dialogue. She shows how, as theologians struggle today about words and meanings, the detailed texture of semantic debate similarly underlies many of the Reformation controversies.
i. The agenda. ii. The instruments of Christian scholarship -- pt. I. Authority the Truth of the Faith. 1. The authority of the text. 2. Authoritative testimony. 3. Authoritative proof -- pt. II. Saving Authority. 4. Powerlessness before sin. 5. Justification. 6. The empowering of the will for good -- pt. III. Authority in the Church to Reconcile. 7. The living power of the sacraments. 8. The penitential system and 'power to bind and loose'. 9. The Eucharist and authority to forgive -- pt. IV. Authority in the Visible Community. 10. Visible and invisible. 11. The two swords and the political analogy. 12. Making ministers. 13. Higher Authority -- pt. V. The Authority of Common Sense. 14. A decision-making body. 15. Decision-making in a divided Church -- Conclusion: the unity we seek
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ISBN:0511598130
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511598135