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The Reformation of Suffering
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The Reformation of Suffering: Pastoral Theology and Lay Piety in Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany

Ronald K. Rittgers


Protestant reformers sought to effect a radical change in the way their contemporaries understood and coped with the suffering of body and soul that were so prominent in the early modern period. The reformers did so because they believed that many traditional approaches to suffering were not sufficiently Christian; that is, they thought that these approaches were unbiblical. This book examines the Protestant reformation of suffering and shows how it was a central part of the larger Protestant effort to reform church and society. Despite its importance, no other book has directly examined this ... More

Keywords: suffering, consolation, Wittenberg Christianity, early modern period, church, society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199795086
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald K. Rittgers, author
Valparaiso University