German and Scandinavian Protestantism 1700-1918

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - History - 685 pages
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This book is the first history in English of the Lutheran Church in Germany and Scandinavia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. A period of fundamental and lasting change in the political landscape with the separation of the old twin monarchies of Sweden-Finland and Denmark-Norway in Scandinavia (1808, 1814), and the unification of Germany (1866-71), this was also a time of particular unease and upheaval for the church. Attempts to emulate the spiritual community of the early church, reform of the church establishment, and steps taken to enlighten parishioners were almost always held back by the anomalous structural legacy of the Reformation, tradition, and parish habit, sacred and profane. However, the birth of the modern nation-state and its market economy posed a fundamental challenge to the structure and ethos of the Reformation churches, as it did to the Catholic Church. The First World War deepened the crisis further: German Protestants (and the Scandinavians were not immune either, although they remained neutral), who bracketed modernity with crisis and religion with national renewal, and who saw national loyalty as a higher value than the faith, fellowship, and moral order of the church, were swept up into the maw of a modern national war machine which threatened to wipe out Protestantism altogether.
  

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Contents

Consolidation of a Protestant Canon of Prayer
21
Parish Crisis in a Credulous World
41
The Political Parish and 1648
55
Government of the ChurchState
72
The Clergy
99
The Pastoral Office
120
Reform
147
Towards an Apostolic Congregation in Church and Home
187
A Constitutional Reformation Church Order?
316
Awakening
354
Charity
400
Rediscovery
420
Church and NationState 18401890
456
Numbers of Clergy and the Pastoral Care
497
Reformation Churches and a Modern Protestant
521
Epilogue
569

PIETY ENLIGHTENMENT? RELIGIOUS
212
o The Larger Whole
226
The Parish and the Office of the Clergy
256
The End of the Established Church
281

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Nicholas Hope is at University of Glasgow, and visiting Fellow at University of Heidelberg.

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