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Reformation of FeelingShaping the Religious Emotions in Early Modern Germany$
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Susan Karant-Nunn

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195399738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399738.001.0001

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The Religious Emotions

The Religious Emotions


(p.245) 8 The Religious Emotions
Reformation of Feeling

Susan C. Karant-Nunn (Contributor Webpage)

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This concluding chapter begins by examining the sermons of men who are representative of their respective faith-alliances, namely, Catholicism, Lutheranism, and Calvinism. It then considers the question of these early-modern preachers' labeling of the feelings that they strove to inculcate on their hearers. Through the words they chose we may come closer to grasping the spiritual state that they regarded as ideal. Neither they nor their charges could ever really sustain such arousal uniformly even through the Lenten and Easter season, much less, as sought, through the entire year. Yet their chosen frameworks were the ones that the pious ought to aspire to. Across creedal lines, the feelings inspired by the Passion were central to proper Christianity.

Keywords:   sermons, Catholicism, Lutheranism, Calvinism, Passion of Christ, Christianity

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