Posted: May 03, 2015 11:19 am
by iskander
It is very difficult for me to comment on a book that I haven't read, so I won't .

In general , every generation believes that their religion is the one best suited to the social conditions prevalent in their time , if that particular religion is to survive and be transmitted to the next generation.Christianity must have been seen as the religion of the Roman Empire by Constantine, The religion of the invaders later, the religion of the Holy Empire by Charlemagne ... the religion of the Industrial Revolution. This also applies to other religions .

When a generation believes that any given religion no longer is the one best suited to the existing social conditions , then that religion is weakened by theological and political strife.

The reformation was one such a time when society saw permanence as an inferior choice. One might say that the reformers understood the reformation as an agent for change. How far to travel along that road was the answer that divided them .

Zwingli shared in Erasmus’s belief that God intended Christianity to be an engine of change and improvement in human society

Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700
By Diarmaid MacCulloch