Mondays are for Church History - 11/14/16
Gonzalez, Justo L. The Story of Christianity: The Reformation to the Present Day. Revised and Updated ed. Vol. 2. New York: HarperCollins, 2010b. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Chapter 13 “Protestantism at the Edges” Loc. 2428-2595.
Gonzalez again reminds the reader that the 16th century assumption was of a state religion, except among some groups (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2433). In this chapter he surveys several situations in which a religious minority proved important.
Near Seville, a monastery in Santiponce became a center of Protestant activity, smuggling books in barrels. This eventually led to the Reina-Valera translation of the Bible, recognized as a master work (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2470). In Italy a revival of the community founded by Peter Waldo, the Waldensians, re-emerged (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2478). The group continued to reconfigure itself despite opposition until it was granted a peace treaty in 1848 (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2507). Due to a famine, the group then spread to Latin America (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2514). In Hungary, an area dominated partially by Catholics and partially by Ottomans, there was an attempt to allow Catholicism, Lutheranism, the Reformed faith, and Unitarianism (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2536). By 1606 Protestantism was predominant. Conflicts between parties continued, resulting in a Catholic majority by the late 19th century (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2558). In Poland Calvinism made progress by the mid 1500s (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2573). After the mid 17th century, as a reaction to Russian Orthodoxy, Poland became more Roman Catholic (Gonzalez 2010b, Loc. 2588).
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