The Reformation of Community
Social Welfare and Calvinist Charity in Holland, 1572-1620
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Reformation of Community by Charles H. Parker
Book DescriptionBy the time of the Calvinist Reformation, the cities of Holland had established a very long tradition of social provision for the poor in the civic community. Calvinists however intended to care for their own church members, who were by definition 'within the household of faith', through the deaconate, a confessional relief agency. This book examines the relationship between municipal and ecclesiastical relief agencies in the six chief cities of Holland - Dordrecht, Haarlem, Delft, Leiden, Amsterdam and Gouda - from the public establishment of the Reformed Church in 1572 to the aftermath of the Synod of Dort. The author argues that the conflict between charitable organizations reveal competing conceptions of Christian community that came to the fore as a result of the Dutch Reformation. This is the first comparative study of poor relief in Holland, which contributes to our understanding of the Reformation throughout Europe.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521025409
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Charles H. Parker
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Faith on the Margins, Hardback (February 2008)
In the wake of 1572 revolt against Spain, the 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. The author examines this remarkable revival.
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A comparative study of social welfare institutions in Holland during the Reformation.
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