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Reformation of the SensesThe Paradox of Religious Belief and Practice in Germany$
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Jacob M Baum

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042195

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042195.001.0001

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Implementing the Reformation of the Senses in Practice

Implementing the Reformation of the Senses in Practice

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Reformation of the Senses

Jacob M. Baum

University of Illinois Press

Through analysis of church ordinances, ecclesiastical visitation reports, and church inventories, this chapter turns to assess the degree to which the early Lutheran church actually implemented the changes its proponents had envisioned in the early 1520s. It demonstrates that, in contrast to the hypercoherent rhetoric of the Reformation’s early years, the process of transforming the sensuous appeal of worship was highly inconsistent. To be sure, the impetus to “de-sensualize” religion was still very much present in the minds and in the rhetoric of leading reformers, but many of traditions of local governance over worship, established in the later Middle Ages alongside locally intervening political economic concerns, meant that implementing the reformation of the senses in practice was a highly variegated affair. Significant continuities with the late Middle Ages endured, although some important changes were apparent as well.

Keywords:   Worship, Ordinances, visitation reports, inventories, continuity, change, political economy, material culture

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