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This review is from: Trent: What Happened at the Council (Early Modern and Modern Greek) (Hardcover)
This book is written in pleasant, easy prose but manages to put this epoch-making Council into historical context, then proceed to thread an understandable (not to say exciting) path through what must have been unspeakably complicated sets of documents, negotiations and procedures. Then it present summaries of decisions on doctrine and reform which are so surprising in their, what shall I say?, modesty and modsernity. The legendary authoritarian and reactionary deeds of the Council were in fact largely due to those who interpreted and enacted its decisions (the Popes in particular, and these become understandable).This is very sympathetic to the sincerity and ability of the Council members, but pulls no punches in setting out the political (and financial) manoevering involved on all sides (bishops, Popes and Princes primarily, but theologians and the religious orders too). It was great. I am lost in admiration.
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2014 05:50:52 GMT
Rudy Manchego says:
Yes but is the author a papist? If he's writing on the assumption that the Holy Spirit flows out of the Pope like liquid nitrogen then he can be as 'balanced' as he likes, the science is settled, the rest is commentary. Like global warming propaganda.
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