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Calvinism's First Battleground


Calvinism's First Battleground

Conflict and Reform in the Pays de Vaud, 1528-1559
Studies in Early Modern Religious Tradition, Culture and Society, Band 4

von: Michael W. Bruening

171,19 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 27.01.2006
ISBN/EAN: 9781402041945
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 286

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This book sheds new light on the origin of Calvinism and the Reformed faith through a detailed history of its progress in the Pays de Vaud. A careful examination of twin conflicts – the forced conversion of a Catholic populace to Protestantism by the Bernese; and the struggle of Calvinists against the Zwinglian political and theological ideas that dominated the Swiss Confederation – helps show why the Reformation bloomed where and when it did.
"Calvinism's First Battleground" sheds new light on the origin of Calvinism and the Reformed faith through a detailed examination of the Reformation in the Pays de Vaud.
A specifically Calvinist identity and theology emerged out of two key conflicts in the region: first, the fight to turn away from Catholic practices and traditions a population that had been forced to convert to Protestantism by the Bernese after their conquest of Vaud in 1536; second, the struggle against the Zwinglian political and theological ideas that dominated the Swiss Confederation and differed from the Calvinists' understanding of ecclesiastical discipline, the Eucharist, and predestination. The Pays de Vaud was central to this struggle, for it was subject politically to Zwinglian, German-speaking Bern, but many of its ministers were more strongly influenced by Calvin. Calvin himself was initially excited about the prospects for reform in the region, but frustrations with the Swiss led him and the Genevans increasingly to focus their efforts on France.
This history helps us to understand the broader contours of the Reformation in French-speaking Europe, as its center of gravity shifted from Meaux to Vaud and Geneva, and back to France again on the eve of the Wars of Religion.
Dedication. Abbreviations. Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. Introduction. 2. Politics and Diplomacy in Vaud. 3. Zwinglianism and Lutheranism in Bern. 4. The Clash of the Old and New Faiths. 5. From Sacramentarians to Calvinists. 6. From Political Calvinism to the Reformation of the Refugees. 7. From the Pays de Vaud to France. 8. Conclusion. Appendix: Timeline of Major Events. References. Index.
Calvinism's First Battleground sheds new light on the origin of Calvinism and the Reformed faith through a detailed examination of the Reformation in the Pays de Vaud. A specifically Calvinist identity and theology emerged out of two key conflicts in the region: first, the fight to turn away from Catholic practices and traditions a population that had been forced to convert to Protestantism by the Bernese after their conquest of Vaud in 1536; second, the struggle against the Zwinglian political and theological ideas that dominated the Swiss Confederation and differed from the Calvinists' understanding of ecclesiastical discipline, the Eucharist, and predestination. The Pays de Vaud was central to this struggle, for it was subject politically to Zwinglian, German-speaking Bern, but many of its ministers were more strongly influenced by Calvin. Calvin himself was initially excited about the prospects for reform in the region, but frustrations with the Swiss led him and the Genevans increasingly to focus their efforts on France. This history helps us to understand the broader contours of the Reformation in French-speaking Europe, as its center of gravity shifted from Meaux to Vaud and Geneva, and back to France again on the eve of the Wars of Religion.
Offers a fresh perspective on the origins of Calvinism
Presents new insights on Calvin's thought and activity
Examines the early conflicts between Zwinglianism and Calvinism
Hightlights the impact of international politics and diplomacy on Reformation Switzerland
Underlines the significance of the city-state of Bern in the Reformation

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