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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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.

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