In Spirituality and Reform, Calvin Lane has accomplished two goals. Lane has synthesized and explained dozens of theological movements stretching from the Gregorian reforms of the eleventh century to the Moravians and Pietists of the 1700's and he has challenged the artificial boundaries that scholars use to separate historical periods. His book unites the waves of theological reform rocking Latin Christendom. Lane has written a solid book to explain and emphasize the constantly evolving and consistent nature of Christian theology in pre-modern Europe.
A superb study of Christian devotion and spirituality in medieval, Reformation and early modern times. Breaking through the old periodization paradigm, this fresh narrative focuses on how people prayed, believed, worshiped, and practiced the faith in an age of change and reform. Highly recommended!
Intended for parish, undergraduate and seminary readers, the book is accessibly written. Lane is well-versed in current scholarship; the endnotes and bibliography are very good. Also valuable is the short list of sources in English for use in teaching.