Angels of Light?: Sanctity and the Discernment of Spirits in by Clare Copeland

By Clare Copeland

"And no wonder; for devil himself is reworked into an angel of light." (2 Corinthians 11:14) Paul's caution of fake apostles and fake righteousness struck a distinct chord within the interval of the ecu Reformations. At no different time was once the necessity for the discernment of spirits felt as strongly as during this newly confessional age. greater than ever, the power to determine used to be a mark of holiness and failure the made from demonic temptation. The contributions to this quantity chart person responses to an issue on the center of spiritual id. They express that the matter of discernment used to be no longer completely a Catholic difficulty and used to be a topic for authors and artists up to for prophets and visionaries.

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The fact that visions needed to be authenticated within the public domain made them a resource that could be shared and could be contested. The wide-ranging essays in this volume present a compelling new case for the importance of discernment as a point of contact and a point of dispute between the many different groups of believers that comprised Reformation Europe. Discernment, as a personal pursuit and as a collective one, was inexorably linked to the identification of sanctity, both “real” and “false”.

4600 Bd. Ms. 4, fol. 205r, Cornell University Archives, Ithaca, NY; Plantsch, Opusculum de sagis maleficis, sigs. c2r–3v. , Jean Gerson, De directione cordis, in his Oeuvres completes, ed. Palémon Glorieux (Paris and New York: Desclée, 1960–), vol. 8 (1971), sections 37–38, 108–9; Felix Malleolus or Hemmerli, Tractatus I de exorcismis, in Malleus Maleficarum, 2 vols. (Frankfurt, 1600), 2:387, 392. 42 Two (related) examples of demonological lectures presented as sermoncycles are Geiler von Kaisersberg, Die Emeis, and Plantsch, Opusculum de sagis maleficis.

47 Calvin devoted most of Book 1, Chapter 14 of the final edition of the Institutes (1559) to a relatively spare and stripped-down theory of angels and made scattered remarks elsewhere. 48 Heinrich Bullinger of Zurich dedicated an extended sermon (some 14,000 words) in the fourth series of his Decades (1567) to the subject of angels and demons. 2]. 50 Alone of the authors reviewed here, Zanchi took the time and trouble to isolate disputed questions and to gather together a formidable list of testimonies on each issue, which he explored in neo-scholastic fashion.

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