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By Susan Schreiner

the subject of certitude is far debated this present day. On one facet, commentators akin to Charles Krauthammer urge us to accomplish "moral clarity." at the different, these like George Will contend that the best current probability to civilization is an far more than certitude. to handle this uncomfortable debate, Susan Schreiner turns to the intellectuals of early glossy Europe, a interval whilst idea was once nonetheless fluid and had now not but been reified into the shape of rationality demanded by way of the eighteenth and 19th centuries.

Schreiner argues that Europe within the 16th century used to be preoccupied with issues just like ours; either the will for sure bet -- specifically spiritual sure bet -- and warnings opposed to walk in the park permeated the sooner period. Digging underneath overt theological and philosophical difficulties, she tackles the underlying fears of the interval as she addresses questions of salvation, authority, the increase of skepticism, the outbreak of spiritual violence, the discernment of spirits, and the ambiguous courting among visual appeal and reality.

In her exam of the heritage of theological polemics and debates (as good as different genres), Schreiner sheds gentle at the repeated evaluate of sure bet and the routine worry of deception. one of the texts she attracts on are Montaigne's Essays, the magical writings of Teresa of Avila, the works of Reformation fathers William of Occam, Luther, Thomas Muntzer, and Thomas extra; and the dramas of Shakespeare. the result's no longer a e-book approximately theology, yet relatively in regards to the approach during which the worry with certitude made up our minds the theology, polemics and literature of an age.

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