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Faith on the Margins

Catholics and Catholicism in the Dutch Golden Age [Hardback]

by Charles H. Parker

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      Charles H. Parker

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      Harvard University Press

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      February 2008

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      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 17th century, with membership rivalling 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.


      • Author

        Charles H. Parker

      • Book Format


      • Publisher

        Harvard University Press

      • Published

        February 2008

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        162 x 243 x 27 mm

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      • Author/Creator: Charles H. Parker

      • ISBN: 9780674026629

      • Publisher: Harvard University Press

      • Release Date: February 2008

      • Weight: 632g

      • Dimensions: 162 x 243 x 27 mm

      • Eden Code: 1229610

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