What Did the Lutheran Reformation Look Like a Hundred Years After Martin Luther: Community and Culture in Ansbach, Germany in the Seventeenth Century (Hardback)Richard G. Cole (author)
Hardback 142 Pages / Published: 01/01/2015
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What did the Lutheran Reformation resemble a hundred years after Martin Luther lived and died? A snapshot of culture and community in the early seventeenth century is a case study which tells how and why Reformation ideas shaped communal life in Ansbach, a town of five-thousand. This study utilizes the literary and academic work of three significant and innovative scholars and pastors: Laurentius [Lohel] Laelius (d. 1634) who was the City Pastor in Ansbach and General Superintendent of the Margravate of Brandenburg-Ansbach, and his peer and friend, Johann Valentin Andreae (d. 1634), a Wurttemberger pastor and author of The Chemical Wedding (1616) and an utopian work Christianopolis (1619). A sixteenth century source for many social and cultural relationships of the above Lutheran pastors is the work of Johann Eberlin von Gunzburg (d. 1533), a humanist pastor at Wertheim. They were all part of a powerful wave of utopian ideas that swept the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Europe. Eberlin, Andreae and Laeius demonstrated an active civic pride in their respective communities. They wanted to build and maintain their world. They wanted a workable and just political system to maintain law and order, In Ansbach, a century after the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation in 1517, many of Eberlin's suggestions for a better society appeared to be restated in the sermons and in the published writings and work of Laurentius Laelius (d. 1634) and Johann Valentin Andreae (d. 1654).
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press
Number of pages: 142
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