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The Mystery of the RosaryMarian Devotion and the Reinvention of Catholicism$
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Nathan D. Mitchell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814795910

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814795910.001.0001

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Reframing Religious Identity

Reframing Religious Identity

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The Mystery of the Rosary

Nathan D. Mitchell

NYU Press

This chapter examines the reframing of religious identity in early modern Catholicism. It discusses the kinds of religious subjectivity that emerged in early modernity, especially in Europe, and considers the role played by Marian symbols of devotions such as the rosary in the reshaping of Catholic identity. It argues that the reframing of Catholic identity was a complex process with multiple features. It included the expanded interior space, self-awareness, and personal autonomy that are hallmarks of early modern subjectivity, yet it also involved a retrieval of those “affective perceptions of faith” found not only in medieval theologians such as Bonaventure but in humanist reformers such as Erasmus, in early baroque artists such as Caravaggio, and in early modern mystics and devotional writers such as Mary of Ágreda.

Keywords:   religious identity, early modern Catholicism, rosary, Marian devotions, Catholic identity

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