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Reformation of the Senses: The Paradox of Religious Belief and Practice in Germany

Jacob M Baum


Through careful examination of religious beliefs and practices in the German-speaking world from approximately 1400 to 1600, this book challenges the centuries-old narrative of the transition from late medieval Christianity to Protestantism as a process of “de-sensualizing” religion. The common assumption that Protestant Christianity is somehow more intellectual and less sensual than its late medieval and Catholic counterparts has its origins in the culture of the German evangelical movements of the early sixteenth century, and continues to influence how we think and talk about religious diffe ... More

Keywords: religion, senses, de-sensualization, Protestantism, Reformation, late medieval church, belief, practice, worship, ritual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042195
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042195.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacob M Baum, author
Texas Tech University