By Abigail Firey
Among the 3rd and 16th centuries, penance (the acts or gestures played to catch up on transgression, frequently with an curiosity within the salvation of the penitent's soul) was once a vital mode of participation in either society and the cosmos. Penance was once integrated into political and criminal negotiations, it erupted in improvisational social dramas, it was once topic to experimentation and innovation, and it saturated western tradition with photos of contrition, discomfort, and reconciliation. through the overdue vintage, medieval, and early smooth classes, rituals for the correction of human blunders grew to become either subtle and popular.Creativity in penitential expression displays the variety and complexity of social and religious occasions within which penance was once very important. utilizing hitherto unconsidered resource fabrics, the individuals chart new perspectives on how in western tradition, human behavior used to be modulated and directed in styles formed by way of the fearsome but embraced practices of penance. participants are R. Emmet McLaughlin, Rob Meens, Kevin Uhalde, Claudia Rapp, Dominique Iogna-Prat, Abigail Firey, Karen Wagner, Joseph Goering, H. Ansgar Kelly, Torstein Jorgensen, Wietse de Boer, Ronald okay. Rittgers, Gretchen Starr-LeBeau, and Jodi Bilinkoff.
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Extra info for A New History of Penance (Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition)
124 The word attritio first appears with Alain de Lille (d. 1202) and Stephen Langton (d. 1228); see Schmoll, Busslehre, p. 88; Göttler, “Aquinas,” pp. 272–74. 125 Schmoll, Busslehre, p. 6, assigns the variation to the differing character of the “nations” who converted in the early Middle Ages. 126 Bertrand Kurtscheid, Das Beichtsiegel in seiner geschichtlichen Entwicklung (Freiburg im Breslau, 1912), p. 1: “Hat Christus seine Kirche mit einem Senfkörnlein verglichen, das nur allmählich jenen Organismus entfaltete, wie er jetzt for uns steht.
113 Heribert Raab, “Reformationsgeschichtsschreibung und Konfessionspolemik im Kreis um Johannes Janssen,” Ecclesia Militans: Studien zur Konzilien- und Reformationsgeschichte 38 r. 114 The resulting publications still form the basis for historical study of the sacrament. Liberal Protestant historians blended the secular and Protestant traditions in an updated critique of medieval and early modern penance. Their own preference for a doctrinally broad and morally centred interpretation of Christianity led them to harp upon the laxity of the late medieval penitential regime.
24 r. emmet mclaughlin an historical treatment of religion was to them. The Protestants had the advantage in being the challengers of the status quo. They were also able to play upon a theological/philosophical distrust of history as the realm of error and devolution. Their ability to historicize the Catholic sacrament in itself transferred it from the realm of eternal biblical truth. The Age of Engaged Scholarship: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries Despite their signal general importance, the Magdeburg Centuries and Cardinal Baronius contributed nothing to the historical understanding of high/late medieval and early modern penance.