|The Waldensians --
│ The Waldesians -- Article II
This very early 12th Century Christian movement founded by Peter Waldes took Christ's example seriously. Its adherents renounced posessions, lived homeless and simply like classical Indian saddhus, but also preached to the people. They made the scriptures available to the people though they had not been available before. The Waldesians were forerunners of the later Protestant movements. They were harshly persecuted by the estabilshed Church and even massacred at times. But they survived by living secretly on the fringes.
"In their early days they held to a doctrine of salvation through good works, placing great emphasis on poverty and celibacy."
Some of their principles are below.
10. Moreover, we have ever regarded all the inventions
men [in the affairs of religion] as an unspeakable abomination
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