Modes of Verbal Utterance in Calvinist Epistemology
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In order to understand the changing patterns of media communication that emerged in the post-Reformation context, Kvicalova proposes to look at the status of language and hearing in Calvinist religious epistemology. This chapter shows that Calvinist linguistic ideology determined the formats in which religious knowledge was communicated and transmitted in the period. It addresses John Calvin’s notion of language as an intermediary between the material and the spiritual world and the impact of that view on the privileged modes of religious sensing, which were fashioned hand in hand with novel rules of verbal utterance. The chapter focuses especially on the distinct speech genres that emerged in the church and at the Consistorial interrogations, and on their role in the construction of the new confessional identity.