CALVINISM IN SIXTEENTH CENTURY HISTORIOGRAPHY

CALVINISM IN SIXTEENTH CENTURY HISTORIOGRAPHY BY To most modem writers on the subject of historiography the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century excercised no beneficial influence on historical writing and research. To Harry EImer Bames, James Westphal Thompson and others, if it made any impact at all it was essentially bad, for it revived theological interests, thus tuming its back upon the developing secularism of the Renaissance, and it emphasized history as a means of propaganda rather than as a road to the discovery of truth. 1 The winning of theological arguments against "the papists" they believe dominated the thinking and work of the Protestant historians, rather than that of increasing a valid knowiedge of the past. In all of this, as usual, the Calvinists come in for the greatest amount of denegration, since they wrote more his tory and wrote it in a specific manner. Calvinism, therefore, to many was bad for the development of historical studies. That such and idea should prevail among historians is strange to say the least since most now recognize that one's research and writing of history depends very Iargely on one's presuppositions. Sir Walter Raleigh recognized this in the early seventeenth century when he stated that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophia Reformata Brill

CALVINISM IN SIXTEENTH CENTURY HISTORIOGRAPHY

Philosophia Reformata, Volume 30 (2-4): 178 – Feb 20, 1965

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Brill
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© Copyright 1965 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0031-8035
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2352-8230
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10.1163/22116117-90001107
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BY To most modem writers on the subject of historiography the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century excercised no beneficial influence on historical writing and research. To Harry EImer Bames, James Westphal Thompson and others, if it made any impact at all it was essentially bad, for it revived theological interests, thus tuming its back upon the developing secularism of the Renaissance, and it emphasized history as a means of propaganda rather than as a road to the discovery of truth. 1 The winning of theological arguments against "the papists" they believe dominated the thinking and work of the Protestant historians, rather than that of increasing a valid knowiedge of the past. In all of this, as usual, the Calvinists come in for the greatest amount of denegration, since they wrote more his tory and wrote it in a specific manner. Calvinism, therefore, to many was bad for the development of historical studies. That such and idea should prevail among historians is strange to say the least since most now recognize that one's research and writing of history depends very Iargely on one's presuppositions. Sir Walter Raleigh recognized this in the early seventeenth century when he stated that

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