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Q. 1. What is the "Waldensians" heresy?

A. 1. The "Waldensians" heresy was known under a number of names such as "Waldenses," "Vaudois" and "Vallenses." It was a Christian movement that started in Lyon and quickly spread to the Cottian Alps by the late 1170's.

The "Waldensians" had a strick adherence to the Gospel, such leading to conflicts with the Roman Catholic Church.

The founder of the "Waldensians" heresy was Peter Waldo. He was a wealthy merchant who decided to give up all his personal possessions in 1177 A.D. and went foward to preach on the streets of Lyon, a city in east-central France in the Rhône-Alpes region, situated between Paris and Marseille.

In November, 1184 A.D., Pope Lucius III condemned the "Waldensians" heresy by decree through the papal bull "Ad Abolendam" written in Verona.

This heresy was nearly destroyed in the 17th century. Followers of this movement still exist. They survived by joining the Genevan or Reformed branch of Protestantism.

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