Valdés, Juan de

Valdés, Juan de

Valdés, Juan de (hwän ᵺā väldāsˈ), c.1500–1540, Spanish reformer, b. Cuenca. Suspected by the Inquisition, he went soon after 1530 to Naples, where he became the center of a circle of men interested in religious reform. Valdés had already published an attack on many ecclesiastical abuses. He never openly abjured Catholicism, but he was a principal influence on many reformers, e.g., Bernardino Ochino and Pietro Martire Vermigli. He seems to have held the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Many consider him a Socinian or Unitarian.
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