All Can Be Saved - Schwartz, Stuart B - Yale University Press

All Can Be Saved

Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World

  • Stuart B. Schwartz
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Winner of the 2008 Cundill International Prize in History, given by the Cundill Foundation at McGill University.

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title from 2008.

Winner of the 2009 American Academy of Religion Book Award for Excellence in the category of Historical Study of Religion, given by the American Academy of Religion.

Winner of the 2009 John E. Fagg Prize, given by the American Historical Association.

Winner of the 2009 Leo Gershoy Award, given by the American Historical Association.

Winner of the 2009 George L. Mosse Prize, given bythe American Historical Association.

Winner of the Bolton-Johnson Prize awarded by the Conference on Latin American History


It would seem unlikely that one could discover tolerant religious attitudes in Spain, Portugal, and the New World colonies during the era of the Inquisition, when enforcement of Catholic orthodoxy was widespread and brutal. Yet this groundbreaking book does exactly that. Drawing on an enormous body of historical evidence—including records of the Inquisition itself—the historian Stuart Schwartz investigates the idea of religious tolerance and its evolution in the Hispanic world from 1500 to 1820. Focusing on the attitudes and beliefs of common people rather than those of intellectual elites, the author finds that no small segment of the population believed in freedom of conscience and rejected the exclusive validity of the Church.


The book explores various sources of tolerant attitudes, the challenges that the New World presented to religious orthodoxy, the complex relations between “popular” and “learned” culture, and many related topics. The volume concludes with a discussion of the relativist ideas that were taking hold elsewhere in Europe during this era.


Stuart Schwartz is George Burton Adams Professor of History and Director of the Council of Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale University. He has published extensively on the history of Spain, Portugal, and their New World colonies.