The Reformation of Faith in the Context of Late Medieval by Berndt Hamm
By Berndt Hamm
This publication contains the 1st significant selection of articles in English translation via college of Erlangen Professor Dr. Berndt Hamm, essentially the most vital and cutting edge students of the highbrow historical past of late-medieval and Reformation Germany. The articles herein hint the evolution of Christian theology and piety from the 12th during the 16th centuries, utilising numerous disciplines and interpretative versions to chart ameliorations with remarkable consciousness to old context. Hamm's extensive paintings with formerly unknown sermon collections, devotional works, and pastoral care manuals from the later center a long time serves because the foundation for a brand new appraisal of the traces of continuity and alter among that period and the German Reformation.
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A few reflections:
(1) That Francis was once a fine looking guy, as recommended by way of the author,was hardly ever the case. we've got modern pics of Francis displaying another way besides descriptions of his contemporaries equivalent to Thomas of Celano;
(2) That Francis was once a womanizer, back advised via the writer, is uncertain. there's no proof in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, the sort of small city, it is going to were prohibitied until the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there is not any checklist of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;
(3) there's no indication in any respect that Francis had any romantic feelings
toward Claire of Assisi. historical past is totally silent in this factor. the writer is correct pertaining to Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As a question of historical past, the belief of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. girl Poverty used to be simply that - a component of his mystical lifestyles. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis was once nearly 30 while he switched over to the magical lifestyles - Claire turning 14 - 15;
(4) definite, Francis did visit battle. the writer says he was once a "warrior. "
Such a observe indicates a life-style which may not often painting the Francis of Assisi of historic checklist. sure, he went to conflict yet we haven't any proposal of what he did. He may have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not understand. We do comprehend he was once attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations whilst he armored as much as move at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, used to be interrupted via a paranormal occasion for Francis. He grew to become again and have become a knight of his Lord - the magical Christ who ultimately spoke to him at Daniano. used to be he then a "failed knight? " as advised through the writer. Francis suggestion differently. the matter the following seems to be the author's loss of spiritual intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If whatever will be stated approximately Francis at this juncture is that he did not stay as much as his father's needs - a failed son instead of a failed knight. the connection among Francis and his father is a gold mine that merits mental scrutiny - to ensure a Freudian might come to another end than a Jungian.
(5)The writer contends that he created friendship with the Muslims. hugely exagerated. Francis used to be a medieval guy and probably idea as so much medieval Christians the assumption of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century previous. Bernard stated "to kill a Muslim isn't to devote homocide. " Francis faced the Sultan throughout the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being useful till the Muslims approved the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't hold forth opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered by way of the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this means, they went from city to city to elevate males, funds and fabric for the Crusades. Had it no longer been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;
There are many strong books on Saint Francis. this isn't certainly one of them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the spiritual intuition which can understand what the actors are dealing with. i'm sorry to claim this isn't strong background. it really is sloppy historical past reflecting the emotions of the current into the earlier. Of the prospective 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of background yet provide it one famous person for the canopy and one superstar for the paper it's written on. Why punish the blameless no matter if inanimate?
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32 (Berlin, 2000), pp. 119–127, with bibliography p. 126f. 56 Cf. Hamm: “Von der spätmittelalterlichen reformatio” (as above, n. 1), pp. 24–35 (“Die geistlichen Leitbegriffe und Leitbilder des 15. Jahrhunderts”). , for example, the treatment of this theme by Girolamo Savonarola published in 1496: De simplicitate christianae vitae, ed. Pier Giorgio Ricci (Rome, 1959). 21 of the Christian life in different but inter-referential ways. It went something like this: the Passion signifies God’s compassion, which arises out of love and calls it forth; this love of God, now awoken in man, is at the same time humility, hope and true repentance; repentance shows itself in contrition and tears, prayer and confession, satisfaction and merit, whether or not it is achieved primarily through, or merely accompanied by, sacramental penance; this road to repentance is the imitatio Christi in the fight against the allurements of Satan; the imitatio Christi begins with contemplation on the Passion, with the realization of the compassio of the Virgin Mary, and the calling-out for her motherly compassion which, in turn, opens the door to God’s compassion.
Hamm: “Von der spätmittelalterlichen reformatio” (as above, n. 1), p. 67; J. Bartier: Légistes et gens de Finances au XV e siècle. Les conseillers des ducs de Bourgogne (Brussels, 1955), p. 442 (Lactantius) and 444 (Seneca). 51 This is how I defined and described ‘piety’ (Frömmigkeit) in my article, “Frömmigkeit als Gegenstand theologiegeschichtlicher Forschung. Methodisch-historische Überlegungen am Beispiel von Spätmittelalter und Reformation”, in: Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche 74 (1977), pp.
On aspects of Nider’s theology in their context within the ‘theology of piety’, cf. also Werner Williams-Krapp: “Observanzbewegungen, monastische Spiritualität und geistliche Literatur im 15. Jahrhundert”, in: Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur 20 (1995), pp. 1–15. 44 Cf. Weinbrenner: Klosterreform im 15. Jahrhundert (as above, n. 43), pp. 197–205 (“Strukturen der Sicherheit”); Hamm: Frömmigkeitstheologie (as above, n. 9), pp. 291–299. 45 Cf. the ideal representation of the Franciscan cloister at Nuremberg after its adherence to the Observant movement by the Franciscan chronicler Nikolaus Glassberger, written in 1508: “After the convent at Nuremberg had been reformed, the brothers thought of nothing other than that which is Godly; some sang Psalms, others busied themselves with books, and still others preached the Word of God.