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email Tianna74aolcomtitle The ReformationBenrd Moeller in his book Imperial Cities and The Reformation Three Essaysaddresses the social history of the Reformation by focusing on the imperial cities Heargues that most of the imperial cities lodged Protestant movements and that many ofthem became protestant cities Moeller examines the characteristics and attitudes of thepeople in these cities and how they welcome the ideas of the reformation ThereforeMoeller s three essays on the reformation bring a new understanding in what wascommonly only seen in the context of theology and not that of social history Moeller begins by pointing out that most historians do not focus on the years ofthe reformation while theologians view the reformation as a focal point of interest inchurch history Therefore Moeller explains that the era of the reformation is oftenviewed as an event in church history and does not sufficiently recognized the underlyingfact that its subject matter is a historical event which connects past and future underabsolutely specific unique and irretrievable circumstances 1 And it is through both thesocial and the religious history that the events of the reformation and its outgrowths canbe understood Looking first at Martian Luther Moeller explains how the history of this one manis often neglected by secular historians Luther made unprecedented spiritual demandsupon his age and although unknowingly the cleavages he initiated stretched acrossgenerations and peoples and led to massacres and wars of proportions previouslyinconceivable 2 And in understanding this it becomes apparent that it is hard to dealwith the reformation objectively and remain unaffected by the enormous tensions of thatperiod Upon exploring this detail Moeller continues to bring to terms the most basicaspect of the Reformation That it was a theologian who unleashed a revolutionandforced his rule on that revolution and that he was the most profound of all thetheologians 3 Therefore the examination of which people were influenced and howthey were influenced becomes relevant to condition of Europe on the
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