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- DescriptionIn the wake of the 1572 revolt against Spain, the new Dutch Republic outlawed Catholic worship and secularized all church property. Calvinism prevailed as the public faith, yet Catholicism experienced a resurgence in the first half of the 17th century, with membership rivalling that of the Calvinist church. In a wide-ranging analysis of a marginalized yet vibrant religious mirity, Charles Parker examines this remarkable revival.It had little to do with the traditional Dutch reputation for tolerance. A keen sense of persecution, combined with a vigorous program of reform, shaped a movement that imparted meaning to Catholics in a Protestant republic. A pastoral organization kwn as the Holland Mission emerged to establish a vigorous Catholic presence. A chronic shortage of priests enabled laymen and women to exercise an exceptional degree of leadership in local congregations. Increased interaction between clergy and laity reveals a picture that differs sharply from the standard account of the Counter-Reformation's clerical dominance and imposition of church reform on a reluctant populace.There were few places in early modern Europe where a proscribed religious mirity was so successful in remaining a permanent fixture of society. Faith on the Margins casts light on the relationship between religious mirities and hostile environments.
- Author BiographyCharles H. Parker is Associate Professor of History at Saint Louis University.
- Author(s)Charles H. Parker
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication08/02/2008
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note1 map
- Weight634 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine27 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Cloth over boards,With printed dust jacket
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