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Catholic Persecution of Christian Saints in France

Chapter 5:Persecutions in France, Massacre of St. Bartholomew, and Revocation of the Edict of Nantes 29.-We have already seen, in the massacres of the Waldenses of Beziers, Menerbe, Lavaur, and other places, that the emissaries of papal vengeance did not always wait for the slow process of inquisitorial examination and torture, to wreak their vengeance Read More

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The Legacy of the True Historical Patrick

Ireland has a very distinctive history.  It was an island untouched by the Roman legions, and Patrick, the Evangelist, brought to it the Gospel of grace.  Patrick was descended from a family that had placed their faith in Christ Jesus for at least two generations.  He tells us his father was “the deacon Calpurnius, son Read More

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History of the Jesuits

by Dr. J. A. Wylie LL.D., Excerpted from the massive 2 vol. History of Protestantism Chapter 1 Contents Rome’s New Army—Ignatius Loyola—His Birth—His Wars—He is Wounded—Betakes him to the Legends of the Saints—His Fanaticism Kindled—The Knight-Errant of Mary—The Cave at Manressa— His Mortifications—Comparison between Luther and Ignatius Loyola—An Awakening of the Con- science in both—Luther Read More

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Inhumane Persecutions of the Waldenses

Chapter 4: Inhumane Persecutions of the Waldenses We have already given an account of the popish crusade against the Waldenses of the south of France , and the horrible cruelties and massacres inflicted on them by the bloody Montfort and the Pope’s legate, at the commencement of the thirteenth century. (Book v., chap. 7, 8.) Read More

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John Huss the Reformer – 100 Years Before Luther

FROM “THE HISTORY OF PROTESTANTISM” VOL. 1 by J. A. Wylie BOOK 3 Chapter 1 IN spring time does the husbandman begin to prepare for the harvest. He turns field after field with the plough, and when all have been got ready for the processes that are to follow, he returns on his steps, scattering Read More

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The Vaudois (Waldenses) and Their Valleys

From J. A. Wylie, The History of Protestantism , originally published in 1878 Beginning in Vol. I, Book I Ch 6 When Claude died, it can hardly be said that his mantle was taken up by anyone. The battle, although not altogether dropped, was henceforward languidly maintained. Before this time, not a few churches beyond Read More

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The Vaudois

The Vaudois retreated to the valleys of the Italian Cottian Alps during the second, third, and fourth centuries.  The Noble Lesson was one of their documents and it shows conclusively that the language of the Vaudois had not changed substantially in all the centuries they had lived hidden away in their valleys. This confession of faith in poetic Read More

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The State of Europe Before the Reformation

Chapter 1 By J. H. Merle D’Aubigne The enfeebled world was tottering on its foundations when Christianity appeared. The national religions, which had satisfied the parents, no longer proved sufficient for their children. The new generations could not repose contented within the ancient forms. The gods of every nation lost their oracles when transported to Read More

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Identifying the Authentic Early Church

The early Church understood apostolic doctrine as the written Word of the Apostles as it was contained in the Scriptures.  “From the very beginning of the post-apostolic age with the writings of what are known as the Apostolic Fathers (Ignatius, Polycarp, Clement, the Didache, and Barnabas) there was an exclusive appeal to the Scriptures for the Read More

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An Overview the History of the Catholic Church

The Papal Church, a magnificently rich splendidly housed political and ecclesiastical power, headquartered in Rome stands in stark contrast to what started there in the first century with some pastors ministering to small congregations.  The differences are graphic.  The early home churches under their pastors looked to the authority of the Word as received in Read More