Thanking God for the Reformation
The Church before the Reformation G’day and welcome to our series, Thanking God for the Reformation, where we are looking at and celebrating that momentous event in history, and including in that, Church history. These are extracts from the book “Heroes And Heretics Abound” available on Amazon sites.
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We start, however, in the 14th and 15th centuries where there was a great European revival of interest in the values of classical Greek and Roman literature, art, philosophy and politics. It started in Italy and spread throughout Europe. Scholars were called humanists as they moulded their life on the teachings of the great Greek and Roman classical literature. Scholastic freedom grew exponentially. There was also an increase in other areas of life: Roman morality, paganism, the Greek New Testament and the study thereof. Many new universities throughout Europe were started.
We look together at three men, albeit briefly, at what they had to do with the Church at that time:
- Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498)
- John Colet (1466-1519)
- Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (1467-1536)
Erasmus is described as the one who laid the egg which was hatched my Martin Luther...
We then conclude today with a look at the Devotional Movement and the prime architect, Thomas à Kempis...
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