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Impressive Read about What Is Really at Stake,
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This review is from: Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe (Harvard Historical Studies) (Paperback)This quote makes the point of this fine historical investigation into 16thC martyrdom: "Eternal salvation was at stake even without martyrdom." 21stC culture (even those who would identify "themselves" as Christian) cannot idenity with this at all. Neither could 16thC saints with ours, as Gregory writes: "The prospect of doctrinal pluralism horrified and disgusted them. They preferred a world in which truth did battle, come what may, to one swarming with ever-proliferating heresies."
This very fine written account of Protestant, Anabaptist and Roman martyology in the early modern period gives one great insight into this very different world of committed believers in a time when governing rulers held orthodox vs. heterodox seriously, even at times serious to the point of captial punishment for non-repudiation of false doctrine. What strikes the careful reader is the amazing research and documentation that is here presented at a reasonable price for such a record. Thanks to the publisher for the notes tied to page number for those of us who like to see the documentation as we're reading easily, conveniently.
His introduction and challenges to modern mind and academia is outstanding and worthwhile just for this beginning which this reviewer amens!
One will grasp much more about this time by this read. Neat to learn that Luther wrote first hymn in honor of martyr.
One of the best reads for me in quite some time.
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