Casiodoro De Reina

(c. 1520—1594) Reformed minister and translator

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(Lat., Cassiodorus Reinius; c.1520–1594), converted Spanish monk and priest, irenic Calvinist, and Lutheran minister. Inquisition records place Reina's birth in Montemolín, near Seville; the date can be estimated only from his own later statements. He had a humanist education at the University of Seville and was ordained. He became an observantine Hieronymite in San Isidro del Campo and was strongly affected by the evangelical movement in Seville, becoming one of the leading propagators of Protestant ideas. When the Inquisition got wind of Protestants in the city in 1557, he fled, arriving in Geneva at the time of difficulties for the Italian Protestants. He felt obliged to move to London as soon as Elizabeth I's reign began and gathered a congregation of exiled Spaniards. Recognition by the other stranger churches was slow, owing to suspicion of his theological views, which was not surprising, in view of his known interest in heterodox writers and his defense of Michael Servetus and the Anabaptists. Jacob Acontius helped Reina to compose the Spanish Confession of Faith of London (1560/61), which is strongly irenic in tone, condemning no group of Christians outright. Boldly the confession states that the Bible does not mention the Trinity, its persons, or infant baptism.


From The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

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