8. September 26th - The Early Modern Church - Colonization and Conversion

8. September 26th - The Early Modern Church - Colonization and Conversion

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THE EARLY MODERN CHURCH: COLONIZATION AND CONVERSION I. The Problem of Heresy II. Conversion III. Colonization/Conversion I. The Problem of Heresy Background : Heresy is such a big deal because it is such a big deal back in the Old World. Dealing with entirely new religions, and trying to convert these people, and live with them poses a whole new challenge. - For W. Europeans there is only one option for religion: Roman Catholicism o If you are Christian, there are small populations of Jews and Muslims in W. Europe. - HERESY : Any teaching or doctrine that goes against the Roman Catholic Church. - The Church goes after those heretics who are repeat offenders . Example: Telling them not to make a certain action, or saying the wrong words to a prayer, but then continuing to make the wrong actions, say the wrong words, believe the wrong things, etc. - During this time, whole towns and communities have been excommunicated because of prominent heretics. Thus, heresy became a mark of shame for cities and communities. - Having a heretic around you or in your community also put your own salvation in jeopardy, and thus people became increasingly concerned about the problem of heresy. - Roman Catholic Church focuses their resources on organized repeat heretics , such as… Waldensians o Leader: Peter Valdes o Strict doctrine of poverty o Beliefs: Ordinary people could preach the word of God Strict translation of the text. Lollards (England) o Leader: John Wycliffe, based in England, 1324-1384 o Belief: Ordinary lay people can preach in the vernacular Strong belief in the rituals of the Catholic Church. Hussites (Bohemia and Moldavia)
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2009 for the course HIST 103g taught by Professor Harkness during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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8. September 26th - The Early Modern Church - Colonization and Conversion

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