The Church and the Age of Reformations (1350–1650)

Martin Luther, the Renaissance, and the Council of Trent

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Publication date: April 8, 2022

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In 1517, Augustinian monk Martin Luther wrote the infamous Ninety-Five Theses that eventually led to a split from the Catholic Church. The movement became popularly identified as the Protestant Reformation, but Church reform actually began well before the schism.

In The Church and the Age of Reformations (1350–1650), historian Joseph T. Stuart and theologian Barbara A. Stuart highlight the watershed events of a confusing period in history, providing a broader—and deeper—historical context of the era, including the Council of Trent, the rise of humanism, and the impact of the printing press. The Stuarts also profile important figures of these tumultuous centuries—including Thomas More, Teresa of Ávila, Ignatius of Loyola, and Francis de Sales—and show that the saints demonstrated the virtues of true reform—charity, unity, patience, and tradition.

You will learn:

  • Reform efforts in the Catholic Church were underway before Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses.
  • The Church did not sell the forgiveness of sins with indulgences.
  • Millions of people did not die in the Spanish Inquisition; there were less than 5,000 deaths during a 350-year period. Inquisitions led to legal advances such as grand juries, the need for multiple witnesses, and defendant protections that are still in place today.
  • The so-called Catholic Reformation was conducted in four stages and exhibited respect for Church authority, human free will, and the saints, and focused on the new universal reach of the Church around the globe due to missionary work.

A map and chronology are included.

Books in the Reclaiming Catholic History series, edited by Mike Aquilina and written by leading authors and historians, bring Church history to life, debunking the myths one era at a time.

Product Details

Pages: 192

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781646800339

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  • “Indispensable.”

    “An indispensable introduction to the Reformation era that puts all other treatments in their proper perspective.”

    James L. Papandrea
    Author of The Early Church

  • “Fresh and compelling.”

    “It is hard to imagine an event that has shaped the modern world more than the Reformation. Joseph and Barbara Stuart serve as able guides through its complexities by exploring its causes, major figures and events, and aftermath. Their book is fresh and compelling, leading us to revisit the past in order to bring its lessons into the present.”

    R. Jared Staudt
    Associate superintendent for mission and formation for the Archdiocese of Denver
    Visiting associate professor at the Augustine Institute

  • “Phenomenal.”

    “This phenomenal yet accessible text will equip Catholics—and anyone of good will from any faith tradition—to more effectively understand what really happened during the controversial period.”

    Justin McClain
    Catholic author and teacher

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