Table of Contents
Relieving Misery, Preserving Social Order
Part One: Reformation Initiatives for the Poor
Poverty and Charity in the Middle Ages
The Concept of Poverty
Theology and Poverty
The Exigencies of Poverty
Medieval Urban Reactions to Poverty
The Secularization of Charity
The Church Helper and Hinderer of the Poor
Urban Realities and Reformation Ideals
Humanist Contributions and Ideas
Late Medieval Urban Developments
The Urban Reception of the Reformation
Luther's Theology and social Welfare
Reforming Responses and Roman-Radical Reactions
The Evangelical Church Orders
Roman Catholic Reactions
Radical Evangelical Reactions
Social Reform beyond Charity for the Poor
Focusing on Service to the Neighbor
Recasting Wealth, Poverty, and Salvation
Beginning with Doctrine
Part Two: Sources on Poverty and Social Welfare
Late Medieval Attitudes to Begging and Poverty
A Sermon Illustration and "Concerning Hospitals for the Poor and Homes for the Lepers"
"On Charity Trusts"
Nuremberg Begging Order
Martin Luther's "Foreword" To Mathias Hutlin
Renaissance and Reformation Perspectives
"There Should Be No Beggars among Christians"
"That Clergy Should Preach against Usury"
"A Conversation concerning the Common Chest"
Social Welfare Legislation
Order of the City of Wittenberg
The Poor Order of Ypres
"Combat of Charity and Avarice"
"Condemnation of Usury"