Mondays are for Church History - 11/28/16
Gonzalez, Justo L. The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day. Revised and Updated ed. Vol. 2. New York: HarperCollins, 2010b. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Chapter 15 “An Age of Dogma and Doubt” Loc. 2703-2747.
Gonzalez introduces his readers to a paradigm shift in religious thought which occurred in the 17th century and following. There was a tendency to use religion to accomplish political goals, rather than to allow political goals to be shaped by religion (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2716). Because religion was so widely used as a political tool, it came to be seen essentially as political in nature, and merely as an instrument of reason, to be used or not depending on the desire of the individual (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2723). Theological orthodoxy tended to become less responsive to biblical demands (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2731).
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