Henry VIII's Conservative Scholar: Bishop John Stokesley and the Divorce, Royal Supremacy and Doctrinal Reform
Through a careful re-examination of manuscripts, archival materials, primary documents and other secondary sources, this book traces the central importance of one of Henry VIII's lesser known advisors. Bishop John Stokesley was deeply involved in the King's matrimonial controversies, in the development of royal supremacy theory, in both doctrinal and clerical reform and proved himself a conscientious pastoral shepherd. The result of this research draws attention away from the major figures of the Henrician period forcing the reader to consider the key events of the reign from a new perspective: that of an important conservative scholar and Bishop.
In 1500 Christians knew that God gave them the church to shepherd believers toward salvation and that it was centered at Rome and ruled by a pope. Today, that church is but one of forty thousand Christian denominations, each with distinctive structures and doctrines. How did this happen? Then, as now, all aspects of the church--from its divine mission to its offices and operations, hierarchy, and bureaucracy--were of interest to theologians, thinkers, and troublemakers alike, but for ages there had been satisfaction with the status quo.
In the late Renaissance this gave way to frustration and heated debate, as some people wanted fewer clerical controls over their lives, and others sought a church more representative of its purest, earliest form. Ecclesiology (the doctrine and theory of the church) became a major controversy separating not only Roman Catholics from emerging Protestants, but also Protestants from one another. In the writings of the various reformers, the same issues surfaced repeatedly. Jesus's parable of the Wheat and the Tares was discussed often as an image of the church, as reformers sought to rediscover the purity of the church as God's gift. This book uses the words of a range of reformers to explain how the one church began to divide into the many.
In this comprehensive work, which follows the lives of the sixty-nine bishops who served under Henry VIII, Dr Chibi not only asks why these Tudor bishops have acquired such a poor historical reputation, but also examines the deep impact these men had on the reign. Henry VIII's bishops were a diverse and interesting group of individuals who had a profound influence on both king and country in the early modern period. They came from all social rankings, were highly educated and had become bishops through talent and ambition, yet their historical reputation remains unflattering. This study, set within the dual context of court and diocese, breaks new ground in presenting the Henricians as a microcosm of wider society and as the fulfilment of that world's expectations of what a bishop should be. The book is both an extensive examination of the careers, lives and thinking of an elite ecclesiastical force and a comprehensive review of the background to the early English Reformation. The focus is very much on those men who were caught between church and state, court and country, spirituality and temporality. Dr Chibi takes an in depth look behind the scenes of Henrician England's religious, social and political turmoil to see the workings of a group of men dedicated to stability and truth, men who were caught between service to the king and service to God.
At the beginning of the 21st century, especially for those of an English-speaking Christian background, religion is not very central to life. So, the Reformation period is often of remote interest for what relevance could it possibly have to our world? Of course, this is precisely the point. English society (and the English Church) is the way it is largely because of the changes brought about under the Tudors. This means that to understand the modern world, we must understand how it evolved. You must understand that the church and society were not always as they are in the 21st century. This may seem obvious but, for all that, it still needs to be firmly grasped before you can truly appreciate the magnitude of the topic.
Here is how to understand others. Many people yearn to understand others from different faiths but fail to understand the underlying foundations of that person s faith. In this book you will learn:
- How the major faiths emerged
- How the differing communities were established
- How new Judaic, Christian and Islamic thinking emerged
- The influence of the Renaissance
- The impact of Aristotle
- The development of Modernity
- Beyond the Industrial revolution
The European Reformation: A Student's Guide to the Key Ideas and the Events They Shaped (Studymates)
Nowadays, particular in the Western European tradition, religion has become a habit more than a necessity for most people. They still identify as Christian, but the church is not very central to life. Many don’t know what the doctrines are, what the differences in believe between Lutherans, Catholics and Calvinists are, or why any of it is so important. To the 21st century, the Reformation is of remote interest, for what relevance could it possibly have to our world? Of course this is precisely the point of such studies. European society, culture, traditions are the way they are now largely because of the changes brought about during the sixteenth-century reformation of the church and religion. This means that to understand the modern world we must understand how it evolved. You must understand that the church and society were not always as they are in the 21st century. This may seem obvious but, for all that it still needs to be firmly grasped before you can truly appreciate how important the topic is to our lives today.