P.M. was born on the 16th of February, 1497. He was the greatest scholar of Greek of the 16th century and one of the most sincere and sensitive of the Reformers.
He was, however, a bit odd. He was convinced that the ‘stars’ played a part in determining human fate and was in fact given to astrological tendencies, which Luther never tired of denouncing.
Melanchthon also was a bit overpreening. A tad self absorbed, really. Always concerned about himself, he fretted over everything. It was in response to Philip’s whining that Luther famously snapped ‘Philip, if you’re going to sin, sin boldly!’ Melanchthon was given, you see, to confessing every triviality.
Despite his idiosyncrasies, no one can underestimate his significance or importance. Happy Birthday, Philip!