Pious, Profane & Perplexed

The Plain Man’s Pathways to Heaven: Kinds of Christianity in Post-Reformation England
by Christopher Haigh
Oxford University Press, 2007
(284 pages, $60.00, hardcover)

reviewed by William J. Tighe

This book is a study of popular religion and irreligion in England from 1560 to 1640 by an author who has made a name for himself as a leading historian of the English Reformation, and is currently a Lecturer in Modern History at Oxford University and a Tutor at Christ Church College there.

One characteristic of Reformation and Counter-Reformation polemics was the production of religious instruction and propaganda in the form of dialogues. Most of these publications featured dull . . .

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William J. Tighe is Associate Professor of History at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and a faculty advisor to the Catholic Campus Ministry. He is a Member of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is a contributing editor for Touchstone.


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