In 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 Seventeenth Century, With Membership Rivaling That Of The Calvinist Church In A Wide Ranging Analysis Of A Marginalized Yet Vibrant Religious Minority, 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 Known 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 Minority Was So Successful In Remaining A Permanent Fixture Of Society Faith On The Margins Casts Light On The Relationship Between Religious Minorities And Hostile Environments.
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- Faith on the Margins: Catholics and Catholicism in the Dutch Golden Age
- Charles H. Parker
- 24 December 2017 Charles H. Parker