By Clare Copeland, Jan Machielsen
“fascinating analyses […] those essays should be of curiosity to somebody attracted to the historical past of early smooth faith; between different issues, they make valuable, nuanced contributions to the talk on even if the Reformation fostered the disenchantment of the world.”
Jeffrey R. Watt, collage of Mississippi. In: The magazine of Ecclesiastical historical past, Vol. sixty five, No. 1 (January 2014), pp. 184-185.
This quantity explores person responses to the matter of discernment of spirits, and the adjoining challenge of real and fake holiness within the interval following the eu Reformations.
Jan Machielsen, DPhil (2011) in background, collage of Oxford, is a Junior study Fellow at Balliol university, Oxford and a British Academy Postdoctoral study Fellow. He has released numerous articles at the interaction of demonology and overdue humanism.
Clare Copeland, DPhil (2010) in Theology, collage of Oxford is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Early smooth Catholicism at Somerville university, Oxford. Her monograph on canonization in early smooth Italy is impending with Oxford collage Press
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Clare Copeland & Jan Machielsen
I Angels, Demons, and every little thing in among: non secular Beings in Early smooth Europe
II harmful Visions: The adventure of Teresa of Avila and the educating of John of the go.
III partaking within the Divine: Visions and Ecstasies in a Florentine Convent
IV Heretical Saints and Textual Discernment: The Polemical Origins of the Acta Sanctorum (1643–1940)
V Discerning the “Call” and Fashioning useless Disciples: the numerous Lives of Augustine Baker
Victoria Van Hyning
VI A Seventeenth-Century Prophet confronts His mess ups: Paul Felgenhauer’s Speculum Poenitentiae, Buß-Spiegel (1625)
Leigh T. I. Penman
VII Visions, desires, and the Discernment of Prophetic Passions: feel and cause within the Writings of the Cambridge Platonists and John Beale, 1640–60
R. J. Scott
VIII Gijsbert Voet and Discretio Spirituum after Descartes
IX “Incorporeal Substances”: Discerning Angels in Later Seventeenth-Century England
Afterword: Angels of sunshine and pictures of Sanctity
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57 That same economy and modesty left the reformers unclear as to what kind of substances the angels were composed of. Here the leading Protestant theologians began to show a little disarray. ” 58 However, Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499–1562) included a long, abstract and diffuse discussion of the natures of spirits, whether corporeal or otherwise, in his commentaries on Samuel: eventually he decided that they were indeed incorporeal. 59 Bullinger speculated whether angels might be in some sense corporeal, citing a passage once attributed to Augustine, and so quoted by Bonaventure, to the effect that only God was truly, utterly incorporeal in nature.
It was rapidly printed in the early decades of the press and many times subsequently. 29 In each case these stories made a range of moral or exemplary points. One of the most interesting was the implication that human beings must keep their promises even when made to spirit-creatures; since non-human creatures could not win redress for broken faith in human society, they were in some sense justified in taking supernatural revenge. 30 2. Striving for Coherence: The Scholastic Analysis of Spirits Given the proliferation of literary versions of and references to the romantic and often moralising tales of human-spirit interactions in the early age of printing, it is hard to imagine that this genre of literature had been labouring under theological censure.
Luther put it thus in Against the Heavenly Prophets in the Matter of Images and Sacraments of 1524–25: “It ought to surprise no one that I call him a devil. For I am not thinking of Dr. Karlstadt or concerned about him. ”79 Luther took perhaps an extreme position in this regard. Maybe only he could have held in tension the idea that wrong theology literally derived from demonic possession: possibly such a line of argument led inevitably towards the very end the reformers did not seek, namely the conversion of the idea of possession into a metaphor for a psychological state.
Angels of Light? Sanctity and the Discernment of Spirits in the Early Modern Period by Clare Copeland, Jan Machielsen