crypto-Calvinism


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crypto-Calvinism

a term used in 16th-century Germany for secret sympathies toward Calvinists, held by professed Lutherans. — crypto-Calvinist, n.
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In 1574, Elector August I (ruled 1553-86) had Caspar Peucer (1525-1602), a professor of medicine, imprisoned for crypto-Calvinism. He was not released until 1586.
(Hence, incidentally, the unfailing disastrousness of the cosmopolitan Hughes' periodic associations with the incurably provincial Thomas Keneally, whose much-vaunted "Catholicism" is merely crypto-Calvinism, preaching eternal damnation to all except Irish republicans.) When Hughes discusses non-Catholic countries' artists -- the great seventeenth-century Dutchmen, for instance -- he produces pastiche: brilliant pastiche, but pastiche nonetheless.