HISA04H3 Lecture Notes - Arun Shourie, John Calvin, Ninety-Five Theses

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13 Nov 2012
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Sacred Spaces: Religious Buildings and Early Modern Connections
Why did the Protestants ritually burn religious paintings/statues at the stake?
Tradition of heretics being burned at the stake. By burning the art, this was a way
to reverse the act.
Protestants thought that the images of saints were invitations to idolatry:
o They thought that by praying to the saints, they were worshipping „false
gods‟
o Protestants believed that thought should be focused on salvation through
the person themselves, not by using saints/priests/etc. as messengers.
John Calvin went even further, by declaring, “God forbade…the making of any
images representing him.”
Protestant Church
Modest
Plain
No stained glass/no images Decorative
austerity
Purity
Humility
People sitting all together, facing different ways
Preacher was placed very high in his pulpit
Down-playing of worldly goods
Catholic Church
Elaborate
Many decorations
Pews all facing the altar
Wealth
Altar is lower than pulpit
Heaven represented in art
Catholic churches became more decorative as counter-reformation to Protestant
austerity.
The Catholic faith had an air of mystery the priest, bishops, etc. had to have this air of
mystery so that laypeople would believe that they would need their help to get into
heaven. Their church was a religious temple; God lived there.
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Sacred spaces: religious buildings and early modern connections. Tradition of heretics being burned at the stake. By burning the art, this was a way to reverse the act. John calvin went even further, by declaring, god forbade the making of any images representing him. No stained glass/no images decorative austerity. People sitting all together, facing different ways. Preacher was placed very high in his pulpit. Catholic churches became more decorative as counter-reformation to protestant austerity. The catholic faith had an air of mystery the priest, bishops, etc. had to have this air of mystery so that laypeople would believe that they would need their help to get into heaven. Their church was a religious temple; god lived there. The protestant faith the church was supposed to be where everyone came together to exercise relationship to god. Luther and the protestant reformation (1485 1546); a german monk. He posted his 95 theses in 1517, on the church door in wittenberg.

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