Beyond Charity Reformation Initiatives for the Poor

ISBN-10: 0800625692
ISBN-13: 9780800625696
Edition: N/A
Authors: Carter Lindberg
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Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

The common stereotype is that the Reformers separated public and private morality and were indifferent to the ethical import of social structures and institutions. Beyond Charity calls this understanding into question by providing an analysis of the historical situation and translations of primary documents. The medieval point of view, formed by piety of achievement, idealized poverty -- either as voluntary renunciation or as almsgiving. In either case the material effects on actual poverty were slight, and the religious endorsement of poverty precluded urban efforts to address this growing problem. The Reformers impelled by their theology, developed and passed new legislative structures for addressing social welfare needs. The key to their undertakings was the conviction that social ethics is the continuation of community worship. In the first half, this book sets forth the medieval context, details Luther's critique of the profit economy of his day, and analyzes the actual social welfare programs that issued from his theology. The second half provides translations of selected legislative programs from the church orders of the Reformation

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Relieving Misery, Preserving Social Order
Goals
Limitations
Sources
Perspectives
Reformation Initiatives for the Poor
Poverty and Charity in the Middle Ages
The Concept of Poverty
Theology and Poverty
The Exigencies of Poverty
Medieval Urban Reactions to Poverty
The Secularization of Charity
The Church - Helper and Hinderer of the Poor
Urban Realities and Reformation Ideals
Humanist Contributions and Ideas
Late Medieval Urban Developments
The Urban Reception of the Reformation
Luther's Theology and Social Welfare
Reforming Responses and Roman-Radical Reactions
The Evangelical Church Orders
Roman Catholic Reactions
Radical Evangelical Reactions
Social Reform beyond Charity for the Poor
Focusing on Service to the Neighbor
Recasting Wealth, Poverty, and Salvation
Beginning with Doctrine
Sources on Poverty and Social Welfare
Late Medieval Attitudes to Begging and Poverty
Canon Law (post-1140)
Jacques de Vitry (d. c. 1240). A Sermon Illustration and Concerning Hospitals for the Poor and Homes for the Lepers"
John Hus (1371-1415). "On Charity Trusts" (1413)
Johann Geiler of Kaysersberg (1445-1510), "Concerning Begging"
Nuremberg Begging Order of 1478
Martin Luther's "Foreword" to Mathias Hutlin
Renaissance and Reformation Perspectives
Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1469-1536), "Beggar Talk" (1524)
Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt (c. 1480-1541), "There Should Be No Beggars among Christians" (1522)
Martin Luther (1483-1546), "That Clergy Should Preach against Usury" (1540)
"A Conversation concerning the Common Chest of Schwabach, Namely by Brother Heinrich, Knecht Ruprecht, Spuler, and Their Master of the Wool Cloth Trade" (1524)
Social Welfare Legislation
Order of the City of Wittenberg (1522)
The Poor Order of Ypres (1525)
Bibliography
Index

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