By Stayer, J.M. (ed.), Roth, J.D. (ed.), John D. Roth, James M. Stayer
This guide of Anabaptism and Spiritualism offers an informative survey of modern scholarship at the Radical Reformation, from the 152s to the top of the eighteenth century. every one bankruptcy bargains a story precis that engages present examine and indicates instructions for destiny learn.
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He was unable to prevent an iconoclastic riot by the burghers, although he himself was opposed to this sort of direct action. So as to avoid provoking the Imperial Regency Council in Nuremberg, the Electoral Saxon court saw itself forced to intervene against these reforms and to call the leaders to account—however, with limited results. Martin Luther turned out to be more successful. In leaving the Wartburg without permission, he decided to take charge of the Reformation in Wittenberg. ”14 In his Invocavit Sermons of March 1522 he warned against precipitate reforms and against burdening the consciences of those who were not yet inwardly convinced that the old rituals were invalid and harmful.
Anticlericalism is thus the “vital context” (Sitz im Leben) of Reformation understandings, ideas, slogans, viewpoints and impulses for action, the milieu within which Reformation ideas received their form, function and concrete meaning, and Reformation actions their direction and goals. Only secondarily did anticlericalism take on a thematic character in thought, speech and action which, in turn, strengthened or radicalized the milieu already there. Anticlericalism made the words and ideas of the Reformation concrete and gave them a social impact.
8 Karlstadt was inﬂuenced by humanism, studied the writings of the church fathers, particularly Augustine, and read sermons of the 8 The most complete biography, which must now be revised in many points of detail, is still the two-volume work of Barge (1905) (rprt. 1968). Cf. also Rupp (1969), 49–153. More recently Ulrich Bubenheimer has done intensive work on the biography and theology of Karlstadt. He authored a short biographical sketch in 1980 in the Festschrift der Stadt Karlstadt zum Jubiläumsjahr 1480.