Theologian co-edits ND Press book



“Conciliation and Confession: The Struggle for Unity in the Age of Reform, 1415-1648,” co-edited by Randall C. Zachman, associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, and Howard P. Louthan, associate professor of history at the University of Florida, was published this month by the Notre Dame Press.

The book consists of several essays concerning the two-and-a-half centuries of ecclesial crisis which began with the late 14th century controversy between the pontifical sees of Avignon and Rome. The collection pays particular attention to the often overlooked efforts of those church people who attempted to restore church unity, especially in the religiously diverse communities of Eastern Europe.

“Moderates did exist amidst the bitter religious conflicts in the Age of Reform,” wrote one reviewer, John W. OMalley of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. “They received even worse treatment then than they do in our own religiously contentious age. [Zachman and Louthan] have brought together an impressive group of experts to examine this neglected and almost forgotten side of the often told story. I much commend this book.”

In addition to Zachman and Louthan, the books contributors include Nicholas Constas of the Harvard Divinity School; Erika Rummel, professor of history at Wilfrid Laurier University; Irena Backus of the University of Genevas Institute of Reformation History; and Karin Maag, professor of history at Calvin College, among others.

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