109-Faith in the Age of Reason – Part 1

The Title of this episode, is Faith in the Age of Reason.  Part 01

After the first flush of Reformation excitement died down, the Protestant churches of Europe went into a long period of retrenchment, of digging in both doctrinally & culturally. This period lasted from the late 16th to the later 17th C. and is referred to by church historians as the Age of Confessionalism. But “confession” here isn’t the personal practice of piety in which someone admits error; Confessionalism is the term applied to how the various Protestant groups were increasingly concerned with defining their own beliefs, or confessions, in contrast to everyone else. It resulted in what is sometimes called Protestant Scholasticism. It’s called this because the churches developed technical jargon to describe their doctrinal positions ever more accurately—just as the medieval Roman Catholic scholastics had done 3 Cs before.
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108-Overview 03

This episode of CS is the 3rd Overview in the series so far. We’ve spent quite a bit of time tracking the Reformation and need now to give a brief over view & analysis of what we’ve seen as we prepare for launching into the next era of Church History.

There’s a well-worn saying in English I’m not sure other languages duplicate. It says that “you can’t see the forest for the trees.” The idea is that the details of something can obscure the bigger picture. You fail to see a forest because all you see are a lot of trees.

As we’ve spent many episodes tracking the Reformation & Counter-Reformation, we may be so distracted by the many names, places, dates & movements, that we miss the larger picture and the summary effect of all this on the people of 16th C.
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107-Reform Around the Edges

This episode is titled,Reform Around the Edges.”

Stay tuned to the end of this episode for some important news about the CS 2017 Reformation Tour.

It’s difficult living in the Modern World to understand the Late Medieval norm that a State had to have a single religion all its subjects observed. You’d be hard pressed to find a European of the 16th C who didn’t assume this to be the case. About the only group who didn’t see it his way were the Anabaptists. And even among them there were small groups, like the extremists who tried to set up the New Jerusalem at Munster, who did advocate a State Church. Classic Anabaptists wanted religious tolerance, but were most often persecuted for this stance.
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NOTE: Reformation Tour Registration

If you’re interested in the 2017 CS Reformation Tour March 7-19, 2017, you now have a place to go for more info and to register. Go to the Reformation Tour 2017 page.

106-Westward HoHo

Since last week’s Episode was titled Westward Ho! As we track the expansion of the Faith into the New World w/Spain & Portugal’s immersion, this week as we turn to the other European’s we’ll title this week’s episode, Westward Ho Ho, because I’m tired of saying Part 2. I know it’s lame, but hey, it’s my podcast so I’ll call it what I want.

Before we dive into this week’s content, I wanted to say a huge thanks to all those who’ve left comments on the sanctorum.us site & the CS FB page.

And for those who use iTunes as their portal to CS, thanks for rating the podcast & leaving a review. It those positive reviews on iTunes that go further than anything else, besdies word of mouth, of course, in boosting the podcast.
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