Category Archives: Church History

Fun Facts from Church History: Calvin v. Castellio

A conscientious difference of opinion led Calvin … into a dispute that cost Geneva the services of one who had showed himself courageous when most displayed cowardice, Sébastien Castellio. Castellio (1515–63), who was six years younger than Calvin, was a Savoyard by … Continue reading

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Die Bekenntnisschriften der Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirche

These three volumes have just appeared from V&R.  The first is a very large collection of the Lutheran confessions and the two others are assemblages of the material and technical research on those confessions. For the first time since the … Continue reading

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Fun Facts From Church History: Calvin and the Council

[Calvin] himself, in 1547, confronted the Council of Two Hundred. Feeling had then been running high about the laws for the enforcement of public morals. The Council itself was sharply divided. Calvin, of course, was fiercely abused by those who … Continue reading

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Insightful

In many respects, Zwingli’s enigmatic career stemmed from an extraordinary and restless creativity during a brief period of years. He could inspire and infuriate. He built church reform around a circle of friends, yet those who challenged him were driven out. We find in Zwingli the force … Continue reading

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New Essays From Bruce Gordon

‘Theodor Bibliander’ in David Thomas (ed), Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900, vol 6. Western Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2014). ‘Heinrich Bullinger’ in in David Thomas (ed), Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900, vol 6. Western Europe (Leiden: Brill, 2014). And … Continue reading

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Luther for Today

After secretly visiting Wittenberg in early December 1521, Luther wrote “A Sincere Admonition by Martin Luther to All Christians to Guard Against Insurrection and Rebellion” (published early in 1522). He argued that insurrection lacks discretion and usually harms the innocent … Continue reading

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Today With Zwingli: Ratschläge betreffend Messe und Bilder

In a rather brief document presented by the leading theologians of the three Great Churches in Zurich, Zwingli and his colleagues offered the Cantonal authorities their advice as how to best address the issues of the Mass and Images in … Continue reading

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