Edict of Torda

Diet at Torda, 1568

King John Sigismund

ACT OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE AND FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE

His majesty, our Lord, in what
manner he – together with his realm – legislated in the matter of religion at
the previous Diets, in the same matter now, in this Diet, reaffirms that in
every place the preachers shall preach and explain the Gospel each according to
his understanding of it, and if the congregation like it, well. If not, no one shall compel them for their souls
would not be satisfied, but they shall be permitted to keep a preacher whose
teaching they approve. Therefore none of the superintendents or others shall
abuse the preachers, no one shall be reviled for his religion by anyone,
according to the previous statutes, and it is not permitted that anyone should
threaten anyone else by imprisonment or by removal from his post for his
teaching. For faith is the gift of God
and this comes from hearing, which hearings is by the word of God.

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One response to “Edict of Torda

  1. Here’s my version of that ancient and now quite evidently obsolete Unitarian Edict –

    Edict of Torda
    Diet at Torda, 1568

    King John Sigismund

    ACT OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE AND
    FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE

    His majesty, our Lord, in what manner he – together with his realm – legislated in the matter of religion at the previous Diets, in the same matter now, in this Diet, reaffirms that in every place the preachers shall preach and explain the Gospel each according to his understanding of it, and if the congregation like it, well. If not, no one shall compel them for their souls would not be satisfied, but they shall be permitted to keep a preacher whose teaching they approve. Therefore none of the superintendents or others shall abuse the preachers, no one shall be reviled for his religion by anyone, according to the previous statutes, and it is not permitted that anyone should threaten anyone else by imprisonment or by removal from his post for his teaching. For faith is the gift of God and this comes from hearing, which hearings is by the word of God.

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