Die Rolle von Samuel Werenfels in Bezug auf die Milderung von konfessionellen Auseinandersetzungen im Königreich Ungarn im Laufe des 18. Jahrhunderts
In the 18th century, up until the issuance of the edict of toleration, the chance or reconciliation was more of a theoretical issue for the Protestant churches in Hungary, because with the Carolina Resolutio entering into force they were actually fighting for survival. In the given conditions the heads of these churches weren’t focusing on resolving the conflicts between them as they were facing the dangers of dissolution or re-catholicisation. However, in the early 18th century Basel-born theologian Samuel Werenfels thought it was possible for the Lutheran Church and the Reformed Church to unite, but he completely ruled out the possibility of cooperating with the Roman Catholic Church. In the present study I examine the role Werenfels played in the rapprochement between the Protestant churches of Hungary. Since in the 18th century nearly 200 Hungarian students studied in Basel, Werenfels had a great influence on the development of Hungary’s Reformed theology, which in fact most probably contributed to the Lutheran and Reformed churches for examining the possibilities of a religious union at the Buda and Pest synods in 1791.