Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Spiritualism: Schwenckfeld and Franck and their early modern resonances

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The Reformation as a whole “spiritualized” much of medieval Catholicism. As a result, all of the Reformers were “spiritualists” to one degree or another. The religious figures discussed in this chapter distinguish themselves only by degree of their “spiritualism,” though the extremity of that degree could appear to magisterial reformers as a difference in kind. Radical Spiritualism, the Church, the sacraments, and the Bible itself were denied the ability to transmit or convey the spirit, grace or divinity, and therefore to engender salvific faith. The chapter concerns only the Radical Platonic Spiritualists, that is, the Noetic and Sacramental. Müntzer and Charismatic Spiritualists are a disparate phenomenon. Weigel’s trahison de clerc, Franck’s rejection of ministry, and Schwenckfeld’s clerical following suggests that dissatisfaction was as rife among the clergy as among the laity. Given the Protestant clergy’s role in German cultural history, Radical Spiritualism’s appeal to clerics takes on added significance.

Keywords: Caspar Schwenckfeld; German reformation; Noetic Spiritualism; Radical Spiritualism; Sacramental Spiritualism; salvific faith; Sebastian Franck



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    A Companion to Anabaptism and Spiritualism, 1521-1700 — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation