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By Robin B. Barnes

Winner of the 2016 Roland H. Bainton booklet Prize of the 16th Century Society and Conference

During the 16th century, no a part of the Christian West observed the improvement of a extra strong and pervasive astrological tradition than the very domestic of the Reformation movement--the Protestant cities of the Holy Roman Empire. whereas latest methods to the non secular and social reforms of that age provide scant realization to cosmological preoccupations, Robin Barnes argues that astrological ideas and imagery performed a key function in getting ready the floor for the evangelical flow sparked via Martin Luther within the 1520s, in addition to in shaping the unique features of German evangelical tradition over the next century.

Spreading mainly via reasonable revealed almanacs and prognostications, well known astrology functioned in paradoxical methods. It contributed to an enlarged and abstracted feel of the divine that led clear of clericalism, sacramentalism, and the cult of the saints; even as, it sought to flooring humans extra squarely in useful concerns of everyday life. The paintings won exceptional sanction from Luther's closest affiliate, Philipp Melanchthon, whose teachings motivated generations of preachers, physicians, schoolmasters, and literate layfolk. however the apocalyptic astrology that got here to be successful between evangelicals concerned a perpetuation, even a strengthening, of ties among religion and cosmology, which performed out in ideals approximately nature and common indicators that may later seem as rank superstitions. now not until eventually the early 17th century did Luther's heirs event a "crisis of piety" that compelled preachers and stargazers to half ways.

Astrology and Reformation illuminates an early sleek outlook that used to be either useful and prophetic; an international that was once neither characteristically enchanted nor rationally upset, yet really various from the medieval international of belief it had displaced.

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