14 July 2020

BOOK: Kazimierz BEM, Calvinism in the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth 1548-1648 (Leiden: Brill, 2020). ISBN: 9789004424814, €125.00

Cover Calvinism in the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth 1548-1648
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Calvinism in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth 1548-1648 offers an in-depth history of the Reformed Churches in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in their first hundred years. Dr. Kazimierz Bem analyses church polity, liturgy, the practices of Calvinist church discipline and piety, and the reasons for conversion to and from Calvinism in all strata of the society. Drawing on extensive research in primary sources, Dr. Bem challenges the dominant narrative of Protestant decline after 1570 and argues for a continued flourishing of Calvinism in the Commonwealth until the 1630s.


Kazimierz Bem, Ph.D. (2007), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is pastor of First Church in Marlborough (Congregational) UCC in Massachusetts, USA. He received his M.Div. and S.T.M. degrees from Yale Divinity School in 2010 and 2012. He is the author of many articles on Calvinism in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the book Biographical Dictionary of Reformed Clergy. Pastors and Deaconess of the Lesser Poland and Warsaw Consistory 1815-1939 (Wydawnictwo Naukowe Semper, 2015).


Name & Place Conventions
Timeline of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
List of maps
- Part I: The Commonwealth in the Age of Reformation
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2 The Land of Many Sects
- Part II: The Reformed Churches
Chapter 3: Church polity
Chapter 4: The liturgy
Chapter 5: Church discipline
Chapter 6: The ministry
Chapter 7: Patterns of piety
- Part III: The Reformed Faithful
Chapter 8: The nobles convert
Chapter 9: Few sheep are better than a herd of pigs
Chapter 10: Calvinists in royal towns
Chapter 11: Calvinist fishing in Lutheran waters
Chapter 12: Women & Calvinism
Chapter 13: The ambiguity of numbers

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