The Italian Reformation

There is a sense in which we could say that the Protestant Reformation began in Italy. There were of course so-called “forerunners” of the Reformation in other countries, such as England, France, and Germany, but the extent of discontent in the peninsula with the policies of the papacy and with the unclarity of Roman Catholic theology seems unparalleled.

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Simonetta CarrComment
God Gives a Gift to His Church in Turin

At the Synod of Dort in 1619, the pastors, professors, and elders who served as delegates drafted the Form of Subscription to the Three Forms of Unity. This Form, which is still in use today in several Reformed denominations around the world, was designed to hold officers in the local church accountable for their beliefs. Ministers, elders and deacons were required to uphold the confessional standards of the Reformation.

Among the many delegates was one Italian, Dr. Giovanni Diodati. He died in 1649, without ever seeing the Form of Subscription used in his native country. Now, almost four hundred years later, because of the gracious purpose of God, we are beginning to see something for which Diodati must have long hoped and prayed.

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Ivan ForteComment
Let Us Live Cheerfully, for the Second Adam has Come!

In Italy, as in America, the annual season of Christmas (Natale in Italian) is a time of festivity and liveliness. Streets are decorated, shoppers fill the stores, and enormous Christmas trees are erected in public squares. Despite the commercialism, craziness and comedown, people still manage to enjoy important family traditions. Parties are attended, food is prepared, and pleasure is taken in watching the anticipation build in the hearts of little ones.

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Michael BrownComment
A Light from the Shadows

During the first half of the sixteenth century, the Protestant Reformation gained some traction in Italy. Discussions about the new ideas taught by Martin Luther and John Calvin buzzed in Italian universities and monasteries during the 1520s and 1530s. Protestant books poured in to the country through Venice, a city that had a long history of resistance to the power of the papacy. The result was that many Italians, even a few Roman Catholic cardinals, began to hear of and embrace the doctrine of justification by faith alone.

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Michael Brown 1 Comment