Teaching the Reformation: The Clergy as Preachers, Catechists,Authors and Teachers



During the last half-century, historians of Western Europe in the early modern period have regularly and rightly attributed a key role to the clergy in inculcating the ideas of both Protestant and Catholic Reformations.1 This role was crucial not just because of the struggle for supremacy between old and new Churches, but also because of the challenges posed by an increasingly literate and critical laity. As a result, much more attention was paid to the education and training of the clergy and to preaching, there was a much greater and more sophisticated use of catechizing and of the printing press, and in many regions the clergy became increasingly involved, directly or indirectly, in the education of the laity on weekdays as well as Sundays.


Grammar School Early Modern Period Late Seventeenth Sunday Afternoon Modus Vivendi 
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