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The Pulpit And The Pew: Shaping Popular Piety In The Late Reformation

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This chapter examines the issue from the perspective of the Lutheran churchmen who endeavored to shape the piety of their parishioners during the period 1550 to 1619. It provides a general assessment of what is known about it for the German-speaking Lutheran lands during this period. The chapter sketches the Lutheran vision of the actions, attitudes, and behaviors appropriate to each Christian. It explores the methods employed by the Lutheran ecclesiastics. The chapter describes their educational strategies, and explores the various official points of contact between the church and laity. It addresses the diverse means by which the pastors attempted to enforce their vision of a godly society-a vision that increasingly became a basis for cooperation between the church and state. The chapter focuses on the prescriptions of the churchmen to descriptions of popular beliefs, religious practices, and behavior, many of which fall outside those officially sanctioned by the church.

Keywords:German-speaking Lutheran lands; godly society; Lutheran ecclesiastics; Lutheran vision; Parishioner Piety; religious practices



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