Fun Facts From Church History

In the 16th century Evangelical pastors (Lutheran and Reformed) were required to know Latin, Greek and Hebrew.  Knowledge of those languages wasn’t optional for clergy, it was mandatory.

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8 thoughts on “Fun Facts From Church History

  1. Jason 29 Feb 2012 at 2:04 pm

    About when did the divorce of learning and ministry occur do you think?


    • Jim 29 Feb 2012 at 2:07 pm

      in the 19th century with the rise of fundamentalism


  2. Rik Rasmussen 29 Feb 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Jim, why do you say “Lutheran and Reformed”? Weren’t Lutherans reformed? I thought Luther was the one who started the reform. What am I missing?


    • Jim 29 Feb 2012 at 2:20 pm

      ‘Reformed’ refers to those who were adherents of the theology of calvin and / or zwingli. ‘reformed’ (little r) refers to the lot.


    • Jim 29 Feb 2012 at 2:22 pm

      oh and luther didn’t start ‘the’ reform. he started reform in germany. zwingli started reform in zurich. calvin in geneva. bucer in strassbourg. luther isn’t ‘the’ reformer, he’s ‘a’ reformer- and not even the best or earliest. zwingli actually began his own reforming efforts as early as 1515.


  3. Rik Rasmussen 29 Feb 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for that explanation. I enjoy your blog and share it frequently with friends.


    • Jim 29 Feb 2012 at 2:30 pm

      you’re a wise soul. 😉


  4. Chuck Grantham 29 Feb 2012 at 2:56 pm

    And before them there were Wycliffe and Hus.


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