• During this period, and especially toward its close, gleams of religious light began to shoot over the age, foretokens of the coming Reformation. Five great movements for reform in the church arose, but the world was not ready for them, and they were repressed withe bloody persecution.
  • The Albigenses or Cathari, “putitans,” grew up to prominence in southern France, about 1170. They repudiated the authority of tradition, circulated the New Testament, and opposed the Romish doctrines of purgatory, image worship, and priestly claims; although they held some peculiar views allied to the ancient Manicheans, and rejected the Old Testament.



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