The pluralization of Christian religion was the defining fact of cultural
life in sixteenth-century Europe. Everywhere they took root, ideas of evangelical reform
disturbed the unity of religious observance on which political community was founded. By the
third quarter of the sixteenth century, one or another form of Christianity had emerged as
dominant in most territories of the Holy Roman Empire.In Hometown Religion: Regimes of
Coexistence in Early Modern Westphalia, David Luebke examines a territory that managed
to escape that fate--the prince-bishopric of Münster, a sprawling ecclesiastical
principality and the heart of an entire region in which no single form of Christianity
dominated. In this confessional "no-man's-land," a largely peaceable order took
shape and survived well into the mid-seventeenth century, a unique situation, which raises
several intriguing questions: How did Catholics and Protestants manage to share parishes for so
long without religious violence? How did they hold together their communities in the face of
religious pluralization? Luebke responds by examining the birth, maturation, old age, and death
of a biconfessional "regime"--a system of laws, territorial agreements, customs, and
tacit understandings that enabled Roman Catholics and Protestants, Lutherans as well as
Calvinists, to cohabit the territory's parishes for the better part of a
century.In revealing how these towns were able to preserve peace and unity--in
the Age of Religious Wars-- Hometown Religion attests to the power of
toleration in the conduct of everyday life.
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