apr 122017

Jeg har lest mange bøker om Luther og reformasjonen det siste halvåret, og har nå bestilt enda én hos Amazon.co.uk: Luther and His Progeny. 500 Years of Protestantism and Its Consequences for Church, State, and Society.

Boka presenteres slik hos forlaget Angelico Press:

In the twelve essays contained in this volume—based upon lectures delivered at the 2016 Roman Forum Summer Symposium on Lake Garda, Italy—the authors assess the impact of Luther’s novel theological and philosophical doctrines on faith, political theory, law, ethics, economics, and science—as well as his role in the devastation of Christendom and the creation in its place of the contemporary secular culture of the West. Acknowledging that the Reformation is not “the sole cause of the social problems of modernity” but rather “one major cause in a chain of causes,” the authors nevertheless make it abundantly clear that there is “nothing about Luther and his Protestant rebellion that we should celebrate.” With essays from John Rao, Chris Ferrara, Brian McCall, and eight others, Luther and His Progeny is a signal contribution toward understanding the full import of the Protestant revolt.

Og professor Peter Kwasniewski skriver slik om boka:

Luther and His Progeny exploits the advantage of 500 years’ hindsight as it critiques the multiple dimensions of Luther’s break with Christendom—a break not only from the Roman Church and its hierarchical-sacramental system, but more fundamentally from the rich and complex harmony of Catholic tradition in theology, metaphysics, anthropology, and social relations, particularly in the economic and political structures inherited from the centuries of faith.

Armed with stout scholarship, the authors dare to stake out positions thoroughly unfashionable in an age of feel-good ecumenism tempted to paper over the radical nature of Luther’s thoughts and intentions. We are led to see, from a variety of viewpoints, how Luther’s uncatholic errors have been absorbed into the thinking of modern Westerners, and—what is both surprising and tragic—into the mentality of Catholics.

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