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Reformed Worship and Huguenot Identity

Thu, February 24, 2022
Dinner Program
Ray Mentzer

French Reformed Protestants, commonly known as Huguenots, were fundamentally a religious minority. Accordingly, they sought to distinguish themselves from Catholics. Two prominent liturgical events – the Lord’s Supper and the sermon service – became critical in constructing confessional identity. Ray Mentzer, the Daniel J. Krumm Family Chair in Reformation Studies at the University of Iowa, will discuss this history and the introduction of related material objects, above all communion tokens and benches, that further accentuated their sense of being Protestant.

Professor Mentzer will deliver the keynote for the CMC Reformation Conference: Religion, Politics and Society.

Raymond Mentzer holds the Daniel J. Krumm Family Chair in Reformation Studies at the University of Iowa. His research focuses on the French Reformed community during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is especially interested in the manner whereby Protestant church leaders as well as ordinary members of the congregation translated new theological insights into a system of approved moral conduct and a set of everyday devotional habits.

He has published a series of books and journal articles on the prosecution of French Protestants for heresy, the family and its role in the formation of confessional identity in early modern France, the application of Reformed church discipline, and the development of the French Reformed liturgy. Among his recent books are an inventory of the extant ecclesiastical disciplinary records for the French Reformed Churches during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and an edited volume focusing on the Huguenots from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries.

Professor Mentzer will deliver the keynote for the CMC Reformation Conference: Religion, Politics and Society.

 

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