Italy’s Forgotten Reformation


Dr. Chris Castaldo



Thursday May 25, 2023




8:00pm ET

To the surprise of many, Italy, the seat of Roman Catholicism, underwent a Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century that reverberated throughout the country. From 1511 until 1542, home-grown movements of gospel renewal coalesced with the teaching of northern Protestant Reformers to produce a host of Italian preachers, commentators, theologians, and committed laypeople who believed that the authority of Scripture and the doctrine of justification were the leading edge of Christian identity and calling. This dynamic movement in Italy transformed segments of the Roman church, on both the lay level and in the upper echelons of the curia, until it was stamped out by the Roman Inquisition. In this lecture Dr. Chris Castaldo will offer an introduction to the chief exponents, contributions, and enduring lessons of this now forgotten episode of church history.

The lecture will be followed by an open Q&A.


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8:00-8:45 Pm ET:

“Italy’s Forgotten Reformation” by Dr. Chris Castaldo

8:45-9:15Pm ET:

Open Q&A

Our Speaker

Dr. Chris Castaldo

PHD, London School of Theology

Chris Castaldo serves as lead pastor of New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Talking with Catholics about the Gospel and co-author of The Unfinished Reformation: What Unites and Divides Catholics and Protestants After 500 Years. He recently contributed to Lost and Found: How Jesus Helped Us Discover Our True Selves, published by The Gospel Coalition. Chris blogs at

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