What Did the Lutheran Reformation Look Like a Hundred Years After Martin Luther? Community and Culture in Ansbach, Germany in the Seventeenth Century

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This work fills a lacuna in scholarship that compares the literary and academic work of three significant and innovative scholars and pastors:
Laurentius [Löhel] Laelius, Johann Valentin Andreae and Johann Eberlin von Günzburg.They were all part of a powerful wave of utopian ideas that swept the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Europe. This is a snapshot of culture and community in the early seventeenth century and a case study which tells how and why Reformation ideas shaped communal life in Ansbach, Germany.


“This work lays a solid groundwork… it establishes that at crucial junctures during the first century of its existence, Lutheranism produced important thinkers with comprehensive social visions… [it] takes us into the realm of the relationship between literary and lived utopias.”
-Geoffrey Dipple,
Professor of History,
Augustana College

“The study of Lutheranism in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries has largely focused on theological topics and factional differences. Professor Cole’s study shows that two major early seventeenth century Lutheran leaders concerned themselves with societal improvements…His examination helps to document the existence of a socially ameliorative tradition within the first century of Lutheranism.”
-Lawrence P. Buck,
Professor of History, emeritus,
Widener University

Table of Contents

Commendatory Foreword by Geoffrey Dipple
Outline of Volume
Chapter One-Reformation and Society
Chapter Two-Johann Eberlin von Günzburg and One Sixteenth Century Revolution
1. Eberlin’s Biography
2. Eberlin’s Printers and their Role in the Reformation Legacy
3. Eberlin’s Importance
4. Eberlin's Productive Period
5. Eberlin’s. Melachthon, and Luther
6. Eberlin and the Peasants
7. Eberlin and the Apex of his Career
8. Eberlin as a Renaissance Humanist
9. Eberlin and Erasmus of Rotterdam
10. Humanism and Rhetoric
11. Eberlin’s Social Class
Chapter Three-Eberlin’s Suggestions for a Better World
1. Eberlin on War and Revolution
2. Eberlin and Utopian Thought
3. Eberlin’s Body Politic
4. Eberlin and Luther on Democracy
5. German Political Culture and the Reformation
6. A Useful Dialogue
7. Eberlin on Roman and Canon Law
8. Eberlin on Economics
9. Eberlin on Hard labor and the dignity of Man
10. Eberlin on Social Problems
11. Church Disciplines
12. Eberlin on Education and Curriculum
13. Alcohol and Gaming
Chapter Four- Laurentius Laelius: City Preacher of Ansbach and General Superintendent in the Princely Realm Brandenburg-Ansbach 1572-1634
1. Career Positions: City Preacher, General Superintendent and Member of the Ansbach Consistory
2. A Baroque Funeral Sermon for Joachim-Ernst
3. Church and State Issues of Education and Social Welfare in the Sermon
4. Family History of Joachim-Ernst in the Sermon
5. The Dying Prince in the Sermon
6. Connections between Laelius and Johann Valentin Andrea Chapter Five-Johann Valentin Andreae: An Author, Pastor, Scholar and General Superintendent
1. Andrea’s Intellectual Milieu
2. Christianopolis as a Practical Utopia
3. The Good State
4. Education for Men and Women
5. Poor Relief
Chapter Six-Connections and Conclusions
1. Similar Educational Paradigms: Eberlin, Andreae and Laelius
2. Eberlin on Education
3. Andreae on Education
4. Laelius on Education
5. Similar Political Paradigms of Eberlin, Andreae and Laelius
6. Eberlin on Government
7. Laelius on Government
8. Andreae and Government

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