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The Reformation (The Penguin History of the Church) (v. 3) [Paperback]

By Owen Chadwick (Author)
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In this, the third volume of the Penguin History of the Church, Professor Chadwick deals with the formative work of Erasmus, Luther, Zwingli and Calvin, and analyzes the special circumstances of the English Reformation as well as the Jesuits and the Counter-Reformation.

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The beginning of the sixteenth century brought growing pressure within the Western Church for Reformation. This title deals with the formative work of Erasmus, Luther, Zwingli and Calvin, and analyses the special circumstances of the English Reformation as well as the Jesuits and the Counter-Reformation.

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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Pages   464
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2000
Publisher   Penguin (Non-Classics)
Age  18
Edition  Revised  
Series  Penguin History Of The Church  
Series Number  3  
ISBN  0140137572  
ISBN13  9780140137576  
UPC  051488016007  

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Owen Chadwick was Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge from 1968 to 1983. He has written many books, including "The Reformation," "The Victorian Church," "The Popes and European Revolution," as a result of which he was awarded the Wolfson Prize for history, and "Michael Ramsey."

Owen Chadwick has an academic affiliation as follows - Cambridge University (Emeritus) University of Cambridge University of.

Owen Chadwick has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback)
  2. Hist of the Church
  3. Library of Christian Classics (Paperback Westminster)
  4. Oxford History of the Christian Church
  5. Victorian Church, 1829-1848

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...Everyone in the Western Church was crying out for reformation."   Aug 11, 2007
This begins Owen Chadwick's the Reformation and as he recounts the histories of those who either by religious conviction or by political consolidation and ambition rebelled against the Roman Catholic Church and its waning power during the 16th century. The first part provides an overview of Europe with the rise of monarchies, the corruption and inadequacies of the Roman Catholic Church, and its growing resentment among the masses of its ineffective policies and practices among a continent experiencing a renaissance. Amongst this volatile and changing civilization, Chadwick presents many individuals and their roles in bringing about the Reformation from Erasmus, Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and those in the Church of England, and the paroxysms that resulted.

In addition to the development of the Protestant Churches, there is also the struggle of national independence from the Papal Authority, and the residue of Medieval Society, which resulted in riots and wars among many countries and communities. In addition to the more prevalent churches that resulted amongst the Lutherans, the Reformed and Anglican Churches, Chadwick includes smaller radical groups of Christians that came about with very isolated followings.
Furthermore, the Council of Trent, the Jesuits, and Conquistadores in the Counter-Reformation providing the Vatican's response to the growing influence of Protestantism.
Interestingly enough one surprising fact was that the Roman Catholic Church made efforts to educate its clergy, many of whom were illiterate; this being one of the complaints of the masses of Europe. Despite the best efforts of Catholicism and Protestantism, the Reformation and subsequent events divided the European continent. Many societies were scarred by the violence and rather than receiving the liberty which is promised in the Scriptures. Chadwick alludes that Europe would attempt to find a more secular meaning in the successive Age of Reason.

This reading was a good primer for the Reformation and introduces the reader to an overview which calls for more in-depth reading to gain a fuller understanding of the times the Reformation took place. What made it difficult for me, being an American Protestant, is that there are many Europeans, which I had no familiarity, especially amongst the English Reformers. Despite this Rev. Chadwick does an adequate presentation of a complex and confusing time in European History.
Adequate, but...  May 20, 2007
The only other short introduction to the Reformation that I've read is the one by G.R. Elton, and this one is not as good. Chadwick treats his subject casually and judges movements or people without making us privy to the reasons why he does so. There are also inexplicable biases in what is treated: for example, he gives us quite a few pages (a chapter?) on the religious life of England under Cromwell (1640s and 50s), but barely spends more than a sentence or two on the religious wars in France (1562-98).

On the whole, the tone wasn't my thing either. On the few occasions he referred to women (remember them?) it was in an casual and sometimes apparently joking way. Not quite sexist, but it makes you wonder.

Skip it. There are hundreds of histories of the Reformation. Most will be better than this.
Looking for a balanced study of the Reformation?  Nov 6, 2006
Don't look here.

Chadwick's book is steeped in the conventional and now-discredited "Whig" view of history, which posits that the Reformation was both inevitable and progressive. It is typified by sentences like the following from Chadwick: "The Reformation came because limitation of the power of the Church was necessary to the further development of efficient government."

This view has since been demolished by the likes of Eamon Duffy, who has shown that much of the Reformation was a violent, top-down imposition -- a "revolt of the rich" as another scholar put it.

Readers are advised to consult Diarmaid MacCulloch's masterful "The Reformation: A History," a book likely to be the standard work on the subject for years to come.
A good book but not the best  Aug 23, 2005
I am a Catholic and I wanted to know more about the protestant church. I was most interested in Martin Luther, a brave man whose ideas really make sense to me. I wonder where was the word of Jesus those days: that's show how manageable is the human mind and how important is to read. When I see the catholic church today I just realized that it has not evolved much since those days in the sense of its dogam, for example, the theory of not to have sexual relations before marriage .. in Africa lots of people are dying because of that. I'm sure there are some better books about the subject around.
Servicable Introduction  Oct 3, 2003
A serviceable summary of one of the Church's most tumultuous periods. A pretty quick read as the text is written at a reasonable level for most introductory readers. Provides good coverage of the whole church during this period, including Catholic and Orthodox reformations. It is generally my contention that church history texts are not written for spatial or visual learners due to the common lack of maps and timelines, but this text sets a new standard as it only contains two total maps/figures/pictures. Not referenced, light recommended readings, good index. On the whole an enjoyable and helpful book for the front end of a study of the reformation, but not my favorite.

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