The Primacy of the Postils: Catholics, Protestants, and the Dissemination of Ideas in Early Modern Germany

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John M. Frymire
BRILL, 2010 - Religion - 641 pages
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Scholarship on the German Reformation has long equated preaching with Protestantism, just as many scholars have employed sermons but usually in supplemental and unsystematic ways. Based on an analysis of over 400 standard sermon collections (postils) produced by Catholics, Lutherans, and Calvinists (1520-1620), this study offers the first comprehensive, systematic presentation of these works from a cross-confessional perspective. It lays to rest the notion that preaching was somehow distinctively Protestant while tracing the creation, production, use, and censorship of postils. These sermon collections were nothing less than the applied distillation of Christianity delivered on a regular basis by the clergy to the laity, and as such the most important vehicle for the dissemination of ideas in early modern Germany.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter One Catholic Preaching and the German
9
The Catholic Response
38
The Religious
50
Catholic Postil Production
98
Lutheran
148
Lutheran
157
Implications
216
The Use and Abuse of Johann
346
The Dominance of Medieval
403
Conclusion
437
Appendices Tables
445
Catholic and Protestant Postils by Year
454
Catholic and Protestant Postils by Author
466
Notes on Select Postils Listed
517
Complete Sets of Catholic Postils by Year
524

Calvinist Postils? The Pragmatism
225
Postils Catholic
253
Postils and the Primacy
288
Censorship
319
Catholic Postils in an Era of Uncertainty
328
Luthers Postils
535
Catholic Postil Production The Data
556
Index
633
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John M. Frymire, Ph.D. (2001) in History, University of Arizona, is Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri.

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