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Preachers of Truth

From reformation to modern elite rule

The Protestant reformers responded to the crises of the 1520s, such as the German Peasants’ War and the Anabaptist movement, by once again leaving the interpretation of the Bible to experts. Initially, the Bible had the highest authority (sola scriptura), but when this caused social unrest, its interpretation was once again taken over by those in the know. This limited the initial liberation ideology of the Reformation, but never completely displaced it.

Catechisms, which were published by both Christian denominations from the 16th century onwards, played an important role in this. This movement was dynamic and made it possible for anyone who accepted and spread the teachings to become a preacher themselves. The Reformation thus combined the recognition of a moral claim to leadership with the possibility of social advancement.

Overall, the Reformation paved the way for a modern knowledge society in which radical and conservative elements were mixed. Despite the apparent secularization, the influence of religion remains strong, as William Faulkner said: “The past is not dead, it is not even past.”

Translated with Deepl.

Authors:
Oliver Zimmer
Publisher:
Progress Foundation
Year of publication:
2024
ISBN:
978-3-907439-02-9
Price:
32.00 Fr.
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