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Title: The Irenic Calvinism of Daniel Kalaj(d. 1681): A Study in the History and Theology of the Polish-Lithuanian Reformation
Author: Brycko, Dariusz M
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht; Publication Date: 2012
Hardcover; ISBN: 9783525550465
Volumes: 1; Pages: 157
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Daniel Kalaj (d.1681) was a Polish Reformer of Hungarian background, born in Little Poland (Malopolska) and trained in Franeker, Friesland, under some of the most brilliant Reformed theologians of seventeenth-century Europe, such as Cocceius and Cloppenburgh. Kalaj's ministry in the Reformed Church of Little Poland was abruptly interrupted when Catholic authorities wrongly accused him of spreading then-outlawed Arianism, calling him a �Calvinoarian.� Kalaj became the first Polish Protestant minister to receive a sentence of capital punishment as a result of the new anti-toleration law issued in 1658 against Arians, under the false pretext of military treason during the Second Northern War (1655-1660). He escaped the axe by fleeing to Lithuania (and later to Gdansk), where he wrote his best-known work �A Friendly Dialogue between an Evangelical Minister and a Roman Catholic Priest�. The �Friendly Dialogue� is both: Kalaj's own personal defense and a compendium to Polish Reformed doctrine, and has a strongly irenic disposition. In contrast with many Reformed thinkers of his day, Kalaj is capable of communicating Reformed doctrine in a friendly and peaceful manner. He places special emphasis on the unity of the catholic church, as expressed in his statement that �the three churches Roman, and Lutheran, and Reformed are all part of one true church before God,� while at the same time attempting to retain his Reformed orthodoxy.