Guide for Leading a Small Group Study This resource is made up of four sessions, each with 2-3 essays and discussion questions. Each week’s session is ...
Alas, this is not the whole story. Entrepreneurial Protestantism still finds ways to be driven by the market. Some Evangelicals have even pioneered the idea of Internet church services — sometimes including “online” baptisms and the Lord’s Supper. Global Pentecostalism is often led by orthodox Protestants of solid Evangelical confessions of faith, but it is also, all too often, represented by a health-and-wealth gospel that every generation of Reformation Christians would regard as heresy. One can imagine Martin Luther watching these television prosperity evangelists promising financial blessings and physical healings from God for those who send in checks. Perhaps his reaction to Tetzel’s indulgence-selling would have seemed tame by comparison. After all, the Reformation-era indulgences at least built St. Peter’s Basilica, not an evangelist’s private jet. There are still doors to nail theses on, but often what must be protested is itself Protestant.
During the Middle Ages and the early part of the Renaissance, most European women were Catholics. Those who wished to devote their lives to the church entered convents. This situation changed after the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century. Women who converted to Protestantism expressed their religious commitment as wives and mothers or as activists in the new faith.
The Religion of Protestants: the Church in English Society, 1559-1625 by P. Collinson (1982)
lay the faute in god / taking away the lybertye of mannes wyll . . whereby they take away all dylygence and good endeavor to vertue / all withstanding and stryvyng against vyce / all care of hevyn / all fere of hell / all cause of prayer / all desire of devocyon . . all the lawes of the worlde / all reason among men . . and finally turning the nature of man in to worse than beste / and the goodness of god in to worse than the devyll. 8