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The Birth of Modern Belief$
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Ethan H. Shagan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174747

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174747.001.0001

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The Unbearable Weight of Believing

The Unbearable Weight of Believing

(p.129) Chapter Four The Unbearable Weight of Believing
The Birth of Modern Belief

Ethan H. Shagan

Princeton University Press

This chapter details how the tale of Francesco Spiera represents a crack in the facade of Reformation belief and an early warning sign that belief could not support the vast new weight that both Catholics and Protestants had placed upon it. The crisis of belief that beset Europe in the later sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was the harvest of what the confessional project of belief had sowed. Protestants and Catholics alike had conspired to make belief hard. Rebelling against the debased epistemology of the world, they determined that only particular doctrines, and only particular ways of holding those doctrines, and only particular sources of assurance of those doctrines, constituted Christian belief.

Keywords:   Francesco Spiera, Reformation, belief, Catholics, Protestants, doctrines, Christian belief, epistemology

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