The Waldensian Way to God

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Xulon Press, 2003 - Всего страниц: 576
The story of the Waldensians' faith and commitment begins in the late twelfth century when the followers of Peter Waldo chose to ignore the Church's decree against preaching without authority. Condemned for heresy, they left the city of Lyon and wandered the European countryside. Ruthlessly suppressed by the Inquisition and medieval crusades, their clandestine movement was reduced to a few enclaves by the time Protestant reformers from Switzerland arrived at their foremost settlements in the Cottian Alps between France and Italy. The basic compatibility between the pre-Reformation beliefs of the Waldensians and the ideas of the Swiss reformers eventually led to their adoption of the Calvinist form of Reformed Protestantism. However, by affirming their new faith, they became a conspicuous target for the forces of the Counter Reformation. Torture, imprisonment, exile, and martyrdom all became part of the heritage of the small but vibrant Waldensian Reformed Church that arose in the 1500s. The survival of the Waldensians down to the present, despite the numerous attempts to destroy their traditions and beliefs, is testimony that all things are possible through faith.
 

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Sanctuary in Germany
xiii
The Holy Roman Empire Christendom and the Seeds of Dissent
33
The Beginning
35
The Church
55
Expulsion from Lyon
83
The Unholy Crusade
105
Waldensian Beliefs
123
The Perilous Calling
139
Catholic Reaction and A New Generation of Pastors in the Valleys
267
Calvin and the Huguenots
281
War Against the Waldensians 1560 to 1561
299
Religious War in France
329
The Ultimate Misery Born of Religious Hatred
347
Chaos in Germany and The Gathering Storm in Piedmont
349
The Piedmont Easter
371
The Beast of Versailles and the Roundup in the Valleys
403

The Church in Crisis
149
The Struggle for Survival in the Alps and the Arrival of the Protestant Reformation
161
The Waldensian Valleys
167
Darkness Descends Upon the Valleys
185
The Crusade of 1488
193
Martin Luther
219
Waldensian Contact with the Reformers
235
Into the Reformed Ranks
247
Total Exile from Piedmont
425
The Glorious Return
439
Balziglia
481
War in Europe
503
The Alpine Ghetto
531
Where are they now?
547
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