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Protestant majorities and minorities in early modern Europe, confessional boundaries and contested identities, Simon J.G. Burton, Michał Choptiany, Piotr Wilczek (eds.) - hardcover

The contributors to this volume examine the complex and dynamic role that Protestant majorities and minorities played in shaping the Reformations of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In doing so, it offers an important perspective on the range of intellectual, social, economic, political, theological and ecclesiological factors that governed intra- and inter-confessional encounter in the early modern period. While the principal focus is on the situation of different Protestant majority and minority groups, many of the contributions also engage the relation of Protestants and Catholics, with a number also considering early modern Christian dialogue with Muslims and Jews. The volume is organised into five sections, which together provide a comprehensive picture of Protestant majorities and minorities. The first section explores intellectual trajectories, especially those which promoted confessional unity or sought to break down confessional boundaries. The second section, taking the neglected Spanish Reformation as an important case-study, examines the clandestine aspect of minority activities and the efforts of majorities to control and suppress them. The third section pursues a similar theme but examines it through the lens of Flemish and Walloon Reformed refugee communities in Germany and the Netherlands, demonstrating the way in which confessional factors could lead to the integration or exclusion of minorities. The fourth section examines marginal or peripheral Reformations, whether geographically or doctrinally understood, focussing on attempts to implement reform in the shadow of the Ottoman Empire. Finally, the fifth section looks at confessional identity and otherness as a principal theme of majority and minority relations, providing both theoretical and practical frameworks for its evaluation. --, Provided by publisher
Table of contents
Introduction / Simon J.G. Burton, Michał Choptiany, Piotr Wilczek -- I. Intellectual Cultural and Confessional Freedom -- From Bullinger to Specker and Garcaeus: the Reformed origins of the Lutheran doctrine of the immortality of the soul in the sixteenth century / Gábor Ittzés -- A peculiar Reformed minority: Italian heretical physicians between religious propaganda, inquisitorial repression and freedom of thought / Alessandra Celati -- From minority discourse to universal method: Polish chapters in the evolution of Ramism / Simon J.G. Burton -- II. Clandestine Reformation -- A Reformed hiding place in sixteenth-century Seville: the significance of the Monastery of St. Isidore / Christopher Matthews -- Sola Scriptura: the rationale behind the early Protestant translations of the Spanish Bible / José Moreno Berrocal -- Clandestine Protestant literature reaches Spain / Frances Luttikhuizen -- III. Refugee Reformation -- A religious minority between triumph and persecution: Frans Hogenberg's Hedge-preaching outside Antwerp and the Flemish community in Cologne / Barbara A. Kaminska -- Acceptance and organisaation of the French Protestants in the Northern Netherlands: a Reformed minority within the Reformed majority / Leon van den Broeke -- IV. Marginal Reformation -- An unusual setting: interactions between Protestants and Catholics in the Ottoman Empire / Felicita Tramontana -- Aus der Mehrheit in die Minderheit: der Weg des siebenbürgischen Antitrinitarismus im 16.-17. Jahrhundrt / Mihály Balázs -- On the margins of the Reformation: the "local" and the "international" in György Enyedi's manuscript sermons and printed works / Borbála Lovas -- V. Confessional Identity and Otherness -- Inter-faith disputation, Christian Hebraism, or a leadership campaign?: the multi-dimensional character of Marcin Czechowic's anti-Jewish polemics / Magdalena Luszczynska -- British Protestants and wormen's freedom to write / Joanne Partyka -- Papists, frogs and witches: representing Quakers in seventeenth-century England / Paweł Rutkowski -- Sources of community: mythical groundwork of early modern identities / Jakub Koryl
Literary form
non fiction
Physical description
350 pages, facsimiles, 24 cm.

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