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Enthusiasm

A Chapter in the History of Religion

Ronald A. Knox

Enthusiasm, first published in 1950 by Ronald A. Knox, is the end product of 30 years of research and inspiration. In his perceptive and learned study Knox presents the personalities and religious philosophies of the various types of enthusiasts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries—the monatists, donatists, anabaptists, Quakers—and religious movements, including Jansenism, quietism, and methodism.

ISBN: 978-0-268-00932-8
640 pages
Publication Year: 1994

The late Right Reverend Monsignor Ronald A. Knox was Catholic Chaplain at Oxford University from 1926 to 1939 and domestic prelate to His Holiness Pope Pius XII in 1936. He was an honorary fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, editor of The Holy Bible: An Abridgement and Rearrangement, as well as translator of both the Old and New Testaments.

“Knox brings all his wit and scholarship to bear on the many groups in church history which have from time to time bypassed ecclesiastical authority to claim direct contact with the divine.” — Time

“The remarkable feature is the charity [Knox] brings to all his judgments. The chapter on Wesley might have been written by a candid but deeply admiring follower, and that on the Jansenists is a really beautiful piece of work.” — Manchester Guardian

“His story is concerned with personalities rather than movements. [I]t should have a wide appeal.” —_Commonweal_

“For those who have been wishing they could get their hands on a different kind of Church history, Ronald Knox wrote one. Enthusiasm . . . [is] remarkably informative and helpful for those classical Protestants who want to reassert the objectivity of the covenant and the importance of the historical church.” — Credenda/Agenda

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Religion and Politics in Enlightenment Europe


Edited by James E. Bradley and Dale K. Van Kley

Enthusiasm

A Chapter in the History of Religion

Ronald A. Knox

 Enthusiasm : A Chapter in the History of Religion
Paper Edition

Enthusiasm, first published in 1950 by Ronald A. Knox, is the end product of 30 years of research and inspiration. In his perceptive and learned study Knox presents the personalities and religious philosophies of the various types of enthusiasts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries—the monatists, donatists, anabaptists, Quakers—and religious movements, including Jansenism, quietism, and methodism.

ISBN: 978-0-268-00932-8

640 pages

“Knox brings all his wit and scholarship to bear on the many groups in church history which have from time to time bypassed ecclesiastical authority to claim direct contact with the divine.” — Time

“The remarkable feature is the charity [Knox] brings to all his judgments. The chapter on Wesley might have been written by a candid but deeply admiring follower, and that on the Jansenists is a really beautiful piece of work.” — Manchester Guardian

“His story is concerned with personalities rather than movements. [I]t should have a wide appeal.” —_Commonweal_

“For those who have been wishing they could get their hands on a different kind of Church history, Ronald Knox wrote one. Enthusiasm . . . [is] remarkably informative and helpful for those classical Protestants who want to reassert the objectivity of the covenant and the importance of the historical church.” — Credenda/Agenda