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This chapter discusses identity crisis and contentious issues of the Waldensian community and contradiction that the Waldensians maintained between principles based on the Holy Scriptures to which they adhered in theory, but which, in practice, they could not apply. Facing this reticent, troubled community towered the world of the Reformation, learned, self-assured and triumphant, irrespective of the hostility it inspired. They hold the Bible alone as their reference on matters of faith and moral doctrine and read it literally. On this essential aspect of Christian life, the Reformers took the opposite view to that cherished by the Poor of Lyons. In concrete terms, this led the Waldensians to re-examine practices established centuries before. The replies were brought back to the college of barbes and were most likely discussed at the 1531 synod.

Keywords: barbes; Holy Scriptures; identity crisis; Poor of Lyons; Reformation; synod; twilight; Waldensian community



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