Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World

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ALL CAN BE SAVED: RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE AND SALVATION IN THE IBERIAN ATLANTIC WORLD by Stuart B. Schwartz Yale, 336 pages, $40

This ambitious book sets out to discover the attitudes that undergirded doctrinal aberrations among the faithful in Spain, Portugal, and their New World colonies. The author succeeds, owing principally to his eye for telling details buried in the four-century-old mountains of American and Iberian documentary evidence. In some respects, this book forms a diptych with Henry Kamen's work on the intellectual and political history of Iberian tolerance, picking up where Kamen's book left off- the realm of popular or local piety. Avoiding facile antinomies, Schwartz is sensitive to the common strands that united the diverse array of people who ran afoul of the Inquisition during its more than three hundred years of operation. He tabulates common themes across racial, economic, and continental divides, bridging centuries in an attempt to understand the roots of religious dissidence. …

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