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Introduction

Edited by John C. Olin

in A Reformation Debate

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780823219902
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236572 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823219902.003.0001
Introduction

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In March, 1539, Cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto, Bishop of Carpentras in southern France, addressed a letter to the magistrates and citizens of Geneva asking them to return to the Catholic faith. The following August, John Calvin replied to Sadoleto, defending the adoption of the Protestant reforms. This chapter provides the setting and orientation for reading the two letters. Their intrinsic themes are clearly developed, but the external facts concerning their appearance require a few supplementary words. It may also be useful to point out the relevance of their arguments to the Reformation controversy as a whole. The chapter serves as an introduction to the religious issues raised by the Reformation as well as an account of an important episode in its history.

Keywords: Cardinal Jacopo Sadoleto; Bishop of Carpentras; Geneva; John Calvin; Catholicism; Protestant reform; Reformation; religious conflict

Chapter.  7309 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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