By Susan Schreiner
Schreiner argues that Europe within the 16th century used to be preoccupied with matters just like ours; either the need for sure bet -- particularly non secular walk in the park -- and warnings opposed to sure bet permeated the sooner period. Digging underneath overt theological and philosophical difficulties, she tackles the underlying fears of the interval as she addresses questions of salvation, authority, the increase of skepticism, the outbreak of non secular violence, the discernment of spirits, and the ambiguous courting among visual appeal and reality.
In her exam of the historical past of theological polemics and debates (as good as different genres), Schreiner sheds mild at the repeated assessment of simple task and the ordinary worry of deception. one of the texts she attracts on are Montaigne's Essays, the magical writings of Teresa of Avila, the works of Reformation fathers William of Occam, Luther, Thomas Muntzer, and Thomas extra; and the dramas of Shakespeare. the result's no longer a publication approximately theology, yet fairly in regards to the means during which the fear with certitude decided the theology, polemics and literature of an age.
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Are You Alone Wise?: The Search for Certainty in the Early Modern Era (Oxford Studies in Historical Theology) by Susan Schreiner