By Diarmaid MacCulloch
The main profound attribute of Western Europe within the heart a long time used to be its cultural and non secular team spirit, a cohesion secured via a standard alignment with the Pope in Rome, and a standard language - Latin - for worship and scholarship. The Reformation shattered that harmony, and the results are nonetheless with us at the present time. In All issues Made New, Diarmaid MacCulloch, writer of the New York Times bestseller Christianity: the 1st 3 Thousand Years, examines not just the Reformation's influence throughout Europe, but additionally the Catholic Counter-Reformation and the exact evolution of faith in England, revealing how probably the most turbulent, bloody, and transformational occasions in Western historical past has formed smooth society.
The Reformation can have introduced a social revolution, MacCulloch argues, however it was once no longer attributable to social and monetary forces, or perhaps by way of a mundane thought like nationalism; it sprang from an enormous notion approximately dying, salvation, and the afterlife. this concept - that salvation used to be solely in God's palms and there has been not anything people might do to change his determination - ended the Catholic Church's monopoly in Europe and changed the trajectory of the full way forward for the West.
By turns passionate, humorous, meditative, and subversive, All issues Made New takes readers onto interesting new flooring, exploring the unique conflicts of the Reformation and slicing via prejudices that proceed to distort renowned conceptions of a non secular divide nonetheless with us after 5 centuries. This enormous paintings, from probably the most wonderful students of Christianity writing this day, explores the ways that historians have informed the story of the Reformation, why their interpretations have replaced so dramatically over the years, and finally, how the contested legacy of this revolution maintains to affect the realm today.