Synod on the Freedom of Conscience : A Thorough Examination During the Gathering Held in the Year 1582 in the City of Freetown (Paperback)

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Synod on the Freedom of Conscience is the seminal tolerationist apologia of the humanist Dirck Volckertsz Coornhert.

The imaginary synod figures representatives from the various religious camps, including John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and Melchior Cano who debate issues such as whether the church can err or should even allow debates and criticism, as well as the proper role of the magistrate regarding religion. In the Synod, the intolerance of the Roman Catholic side is consistently matched with similar intolerance on the part of Protestants, with Coornhert's alter ego, Gamaliel, providing the tolerant alternative. The need for deferred judgment on religious differences is underscored in this synod by the professed absence of the chairman of these proceedings, master Daniel, who can easily be identified as Jesus.

The translator, Gerrit Voogt, is professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, United States. His research has examined issues relating to religious tolerance in early modern Europe, with a focus on the early Dutch Republic and Coornhert, on whom he published a monograph (Constraint on Trial).


Publisher Amsterdam Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9789089640826
SKU 211312926
Format Paperback
ISBN10 9089640827
Release Date 8/5/2009
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