Quote of the Day

luther“How great is the presumption and security of the world! Whoever thinks he’s something dares to scoff at Christ and lift his foot against him. It’ll get even worse; epicureanism will make great headway. For contempt of the Word, which is characteristic of this world and believes neither in God nor in a life to come, is nothing else than a preparation for epicureanism before the last day”. — Martin Luther

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Fun Facts from Church History: The Landgrave of Hesse Held Zwingli’s View of the Supper

philip_of_hesseAnd at the conclusion of the Marburg Colloquy, after the participants left because of the outbreak of a minor plague in Marburg, the Landgrave wrote Zwingli in February and confirmed his agreement with the Zuricher on all points.  As Jackson notes

Writing to Zwingli on February 1, 1530, the Landgrave renews his acceptance of the Zwinglian position throughout (cf. viii., 405). So there was at least one convert to the Zwinglian side made or confirmed by the Colloquy.*

Luther’s position wasn’t just unconvincing to Zwingli and Oecolampadius and all sensible people since, it was also unconvincing to his own Prince.

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*S. Jackson, Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531).