London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1960. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Ex library orange cloth. x, 582p. Spine is sunfaded and bears library call number in white. Corners somewhat bent. All other external shelf wear is light. Library stamping on endpapers front and rear. Otherwise a clean and tight book in very good condition. Item #140959
This is a two-part work of history and Catholic sacramental doctrine. Part one explores the case made against the pre-Reformation Church from the perspective of reformers concerned with addressing late-medieval theology, abuses, superstition, and other problems in need of attention. Of particular moment in this conversation is the sacrifice of the Mass itself, which was a central issue of contention not only between Catholics and eventual Protestants, but also within the Catholic Church itself. Part two explores is an examination of doctrinal errors that were supposed to have been relevant in the late medieval period. This latter portion of the book also connects those late medieval doctrinal matters and the conflict over them to modern day theological issues. The book will be useful to historians, medievalists, Reformation scholars, sacramental theologians, and educated readers interested in the development of modern Catholicism after the Reformation.