Polonia Reformata

Piotr Wilczek, Polonia Reformata: Essays on the Polish Reformation(s), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016, forthcoming within the Refo500 Academic Studies series.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Ideas and Polemics

2.1  Religion on the Periphery – the Polish Case
2.1.1 God’s Playground or the Heart of Europe?
2.1.2 John Paul II and the Fall of Communism
2.1.3 The Polish Millennium (1966)
2.1.4 The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth as the European Periphery
2.1.5 The Triumph of the Counter-Reformation on the Periphery of Europe
2.1.6 Conclusions: New Challenges on the Way Back to the Heart of Europe

2.2  The Polish Reception of John Calvin’s Works in the Context of the History of Christianity in Poland
2.2.1 Introduction
2.2.2 Calvin’s Contacts with Poland – a Bibliographical Survey
2.2.3 Calvin’s Works Translated and Published in Poland
2.2.4 The Reception of Calvin’s Thought in the Early Modern Period and Academic Publications on Calvin in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries
2.2.5 Instead of a Conclusion

2.3  The Myth of the Polish Reformation: Socinianism in Modern Historiography
2.3.1 Stanislas Lubieniecki’s Historia reformationis Polonicae as a Source of the Myth of the Polish Reformation
2.3.2 The Polish Reformation in Twentieth-Century Historiography
2.3.3 Antitrinitarianism/Socinianism in Polish Historiography – an Evolution of Attitudes
2.3.4 Conclusion: No Breakthrough After the Fall of Communism

2.4  The Major Concepts of Antitrinitarian Theology in the 16th Century
2.4.1 Introduction
2.4.2 The Bible
2.4.3 Christology
2.4.4 The Holy Trinity
2.4.5 Nonadorantism
2.4.6 Predestination
2.4.7 Baptism
2.4.8 Eucharist
2.4.9 Church
2.4.10 Conclusion

2.5 Raków – the Capital of Socinianism: A Unique Case of European Religious Topography in the Age of the Reformation

2.6  Liber Socinianorum primarius: Introductory Remarks on the Racovian Catechism
2.6.1 Introduction
2.6.2 Liber Socinianorum primarius
2.6.3 Bibliographical Summary
2.6.4 The State of Research and Proposals for the Future

2.7  Debates between Jesuits and “Heretics” in Early Modern Polish Literature
2.7.1 Polemical Pamphlets of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation
2.7.2 Socinians as Principal Adversaries in Catholic Polemics
2.7.3 Jesuit Anti-Socinian and Anti-Lutheran Polemics – the Case of Marcin Łaszcz
2.7.4 A Jesuit-Socinian Debate about the Authority of Scripture
2.7.5 Conclusion

3. Between Luther and Socinus: Polish Poets in the Age of the Reformation

3.1  Jan Kochanowski and Polish Confessional Dilemmas in the Mid-16th Century
3.1.1  Jan Kochanowski – the Finest Poet of the Polish Renaissance: a Bio-Bibliographical Sketch
3.1.2  Jan Kochanowski’s Religion: Protestant? Erasmian? Catholic?

3.2  Erazm Otwinowski – a Biblical Poet
3.2.1 Erazm Otwinowski – an Adventurous Traveller, Famous Scandalmonger and Modest Poet of the Church: a Bio-Bibliographical Sketch
3.2.2 Erazm Otwinowski’s Deeds and Histories of Distinguished Women and Parables of Our Lord Jesus Christ as Poetical Transformations of the Bible
3.2.2.1 Deeds and Histories of Distinguished Women
3.2.2.2 Parables of Our Lord Jesus Christ
3.2.3 The Brest Bible and other Polish Translations of the Bible in the Poetical Works of Erazm Otwinowski
3.2.3.1 Introduction
3.2.3.2 Polish Bible Translations in the Poetical Works of Erazm Otwinowski
3.2.3.3 Selection of Poems
3.2.3.4 Conclusion

3.3  Conversion and Transformation: a Few Remarks on the Lives and Works of Polish Writers of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation
3.3.1 Conversions – an Introduction
3.3.2 Jan Kochanowski
3.3.3 Mikołaj Sęp Szarzyński and Erazm Otwinowski
3.3.4 Kasper Twardowski
3.3.5 Wacław Potocki
3.3.6 Kasper Wilkowski
3.3.7 Conclusion

4. Bibliography

5. Original publications

Index of persons