Later Evangelical Consolation Literature II

Ronald K. Rittgers

in The Reformation of Suffering

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199795086
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950171 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Later Evangelical Consolation Literature II

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This chapter examines the sources for the consolation literature of the later Lutheran Reformation. It shows how consolers continued to draw on Scripture as their main source but also how they looked to a number of other sources to support, inform, and legitimize their efforts: early reformers such as Luther, Rhegius, Bugenhagen, and others; ancient theologians such as Augustine; medieval theologians such as Anselm; and mystics such as Bernard of Clairvaux, Johannes Tauler, and the author of the German Theology. The chapter makes a special point of examining the influence of mystics on later Lutheran consolation literature, showing how the reintroduction of mystical language greatly enriched this literature. The chapter concludes by examining the training of Protestant pastors, along with their habits of book ownership.

Keywords: consolation; mysticism; Lutheran Reformation; German Theology; Protestant pastors; book ownership

Chapter.  5272 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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