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James Aitken Wylie (1808-1890) was a Scottish historian of religion and a Presbyterian minister. He was a prolific writer and is most famous for writing "The History of Protestantism". He lived as a Christian ought to live. Just after his death, it was said of him, "James Wylie was one of the best informed, most genial, and sympathetic of men, and his deep, unaffected humility was one of his greatest charms. It has been said that you could not be long with him without perceiving in him a lover of Christ and of all good men, and his unostentatious piety gave an unmistakable savour to all his life." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (September 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1171515723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1171515722
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,423,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By David Read VINE VOICE on November 3, 2002
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The Waldenses were a people that lived in the Italian Alps and, despite living hundreds of years before the reformation, made the Bible their only rule of faith and rejected such papal innovations as the mass, the celibate priesthood, confession, purgatory, indulgences, and infant baptism. The Waldenses rejected the whole complex of pagan practices adopted by the Roman Church during the middle ages, and held that the Pope was anti-Christ.
This work is excerpted from a much longer one; it is a reprint of the Sixteenth Book of Wylie's "History of Protestantism." This is a obviously a protestant view of the Waldenses, and assumes the correctness of their religion vis-a-vis the Roman church. For a Roman Catholic perspective, read the article on the Waldenses in the Catholic Encyclopedia, or read the recent book by a Euan Cameron that is listed on Amazon.com.
Most Catholic and liberal protestant scholars have accepted the view that the Waldenses began with Peter Waldo, a rich man of Lyon, France, who, around 1160 AD, gave all his money to the poor and became an itinerant preacher. The Waldenses themselves, however, who might better be called Vaudois, traced their religion back to apostolic times. Wylie notes that even some Catholic researchers admitted that the Vaudois were "not a new sect in the ninth and tenth centuries . . ." Even if they only date to the 12th century, the Vaudois religion predates the reformation by 300 years.
The Vaudois translated the Scriptures into both Italian and French. From their mountain strongholds, the Vaudois sent out traveling salesmen whose real mission was to witness and give away copies of the Scripture in the people's language.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Barber on March 12, 2009
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If you want a true history of how the Catholic Church persecuted the Christians of the 'dark ages' then this is a great book for your collection.

Come read how the true church of Christ banned together, pressed forward and spread the word of God at the cost of their lives from the fallen church of Rome. Yes, some people will be very upset about this book but it is documented history and stands as an example of what Christianity can cost you if you truly follow Jesus and "Walk, even as He walked".

Rick in Orlando
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Wooding on February 27, 2008
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This book is an excerpt from a broader history and was written in the 19th century. It chronicles the struggles & persecutions of a European fundamentalist christian sect. It traces the Waldenses' roots back to the 11th century. If historical chronicling is tedious to you, I recommend James Byron Huggins' epic historical fiction work titled RORA. It is an easy read and might entice you into reading "The Waldenses".
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dean Waybright on April 24, 2009
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History of the Waldenses by J.A. Wylie is a quality portrait of a people denied basic christian rights by the papal hegemony in Rome. Well written and concise, I fully recommend this insightful look into the tragic martyrs of the mountains. The Waldenses have shown the rest of the Christian world that compromise and ethical withdrawls have no business in the churches of the middle ages or today. Thank you Waldenses for suffering in the name of Jesus, and allowing me to worship my God in freedom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Micheal on March 8, 2014
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This is a great read. It warns us today of the persecution that follows Christians who follow the teachings of God and Jesus Christ. It reminds us that the more, that people fail to follow the Gods will, the more evil and violent they become, Sin dulls the pain of guilt.They know they are sinning against God, but they hate being told they are sinning. Some resort to violence instead of repenting. Hence the extermination of the Waldenses!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marco Sherman on January 14, 2014
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Wow what a book. It's a telling of history that reads like a novel with great descriptions of beautiful scenery which housed the waldensians. Oh the persecution they faced what a tale!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John M. Young on February 21, 2014
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An excellent history of a people of whom the world is not worthy. A people that declared with their lives that the Lord, He is the God! An example that should cause us all to look towards heaven in supplication to our Great Creator to mercifully lead us in the way everlasting and inquire from our hearts Lord, What wouldst thou have us to do?!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom S. on May 4, 2015
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It only seems that way because most Bible-believing Italians were slaughtered by a misguided Medieval Church. You will be inspired by these people who although outnumbered, defended themselves nobly and by the Providence of God. Their struggles typify the persecutions true believers have always faced and will continue to face. This is not a "live happily ever after" account. This is real. If you live in the West this will be an aspect of faith that you may not have considered. But the majority of people live where persecution is real and in their faces everyday. For that aspect alone it is a worthy book to take up and read.
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