As Protestants this year remember the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, they will understandably focus on the legacy of Martin Luther and other big-name Reformers. However, it is to be hoped that this anniversary will also help rekindle interest in figures that were, at the time, hardly less significant to the formulation of Protestant doctrine and the establishment of reformed churches and liturgies. Chief among such figures is surely Peter Martyr Vermigli, the Florentine Reformer whose pilgrim life saw him teaching and building networks of disciples in Italy, Strasbourg, England, and Zurich, and who through his copious writings shaped Reformed churches throughout Europe. During the 16th century, his writings were esteemed as highly as Calvin’s in many regions, and particularly on the topics of Christology and the Eucharist. On the latter subject, Calvin himself declared that “the whole [doctrine of the Eucharist] was crowned by Peter Martyr, who left nothing more to be done.”
Beginning in 2018, the 500th anniversary of Vermigli’s matriculation at the University of Padua, Vermigli’s Loci Communes will begin appearing in a new English translation, the product of a partnership between the Davenant Trust, the Peter Martyr Society, and the Greystone Theological Institute. Selections of the Common Places will first appear in annual slender volumes as a Supplementum to Greystone’s new theological journal, before an abridged edition of the full Loci Communes (which is about three times longer than Calvin’s Institutes) is published in 2025, the 500th anniversary of Vermigli’s ordination. There is some potential that the project may be able to proceed faster, or to result in a complete unabridged translation of the Loci in due course, if resources prove sufficient.
For the Research Group Early Modern History (15th-18th Centuries), Leuven we are looking for an enthousiastic doctoral student, who is willing to write and defend a doctoral dissertation regarding burial disputes during the Dutch Revolt within the framework of four years. The dissertation, and the (co-)publication of preliminary results in (international) journals and a source repository, should shed light on the symbolic violence during these funerals and the pacification strategies by city and state. The case studies are Antwerp, Utrecht (NL) and Valenciennes (FR). The project will be supervised by promotor Violet Soen, the candidate should also report to the project’s funding institution Research Foundation Flanders.
Is available here. With some notable entries.
Der Pfarrer Ulrich Zwingli aus dem Toggenburg prägte die Schweizer Kirchengeschichte dauerhaft. Der Verein «tut» hat eine Ausgabe seines gleichnamigen Kinder- und Jugendmagazins dem Schweizer Reformator gewidmet. Das Heft wird bereits in zweiter Auflage gedruckt.
«Ein Glaube versetzt Berge» heisst der Untertitel des «tut»-Hefts zum 500-Jahr-Jubiläum der Reformation. Dass dabei der Reformator Ulrich Zwingli im Zentrum steht und nicht der deutsche Martin Luther bietet sich bei einer Schweizer Publikation, die sich an Kinder und Jugendliche richtet, an. Die Ausgabe findet Anklang, so Brigid Straub von der «tut»-Administration gegenüber kath.ch.
Etc. And why don’t we have this in English?
To get your Carnival submissions in. The Carnival posts on 1 June at 00:01. And it’s glorious.
#Covfefe, my friends, #Covfefe…
Konrad Schmid has posted this program:
Eine Ausstellung zu Heinrich Bullingers Briefwechsel im Kollegiengebäude der Universität Zürich / Exhibition on Heinrich Bullinger’s correspondence at the University of Zurich — 17.05.-24.06.2018 http://www.zh-reformation.ch/event/bullinger-news
Heinrich Bullinger Briefwechsel Bd. 18 (Briefe von Oktober bis Dezember 1546) erschienen – Heinrich Bullinger Correspondence vol. 18 (letters from October until December 1546) published:
Heinrich Bullinger. Briefwechsel. Bd. 18: Briefe von Oktober bis Dezember 1546, bearb. von Reinhard Bodenmann, Alexandra Kess und Judith Steiniger, Zürich: TVZ, 2017. 496 S. ISBN 978-3-290-17889-5
Der neue Band des Bullinger-Briefwechsels enthält 130 zwischen Oktober und Dezember 1546 verfasste Briefe, denen jeweils eine ausführliche deutsche Zusammenfassung vorangeht. Involviert sind 42 Briefschreiber, insbesondere Ambrosius Blarer, Oswald Myconius, Johannes Haller und Martin Bucer. Der Band vermittelt Informationen zum Schmalkaldischen Krieg (1546/47), zur politischen Haltung der Eidgenossen, zum Geschehen in Augsburg, zur Schule in Kappel und Chur, zum Kirchenwesen in Basel und Bern, zum Bibliotheksnachlass des Zuger Reformators Werner Steiner wie auch zu zahlreichen zeitgenössischen Publikationen. Ausserdem finden sich im Band viele unbekannte biografische Details, u. a. zu einem Verwandten von Andreas Vesalius und zu den Berner Dekanen Jodocus Kilchmeyer und Johannes Fädminger.
Volume 18 contains 130 letters from October until December 1546 with a detailed summary of their content. Of the 42 correspondents involved, Ambrosius Blarer in Constance, Oswald Myconius in Basle, Johannes Haller in Augsburg and Strassburg’s Martin Bucer emerge as the most frequent writers. The prevalent topic is again the Schmalkaldic War (1546/47), the waning success of the Protestants‘ cause as well as the political tactics of the Swiss Confederation. Events in Augsburg, the schools in Kappel and Chur, the church in Basle and Berne, the fate of the library of Zug’s Reformer Werner Steiner and numerous contemporary publications are amongst the news discussed in the letters. This volume also offers a plethora of hitherto unknown biographical details, e.g. concerning a relative of Andreas Vesalius or the Bernese deans Jodocus Kilchmeyer und Johannes Fädminger.
Save your money. Metaxas isn’t a Luther scholar (or any kind of scholar) so his book will be at least as useless as his vile misrepresentation of Bonhoeffer.
Spare yourself the copious regurgitation Metaxas’s ignorant spewings will evoke.
A Classic now re-issued as an e-book.
The link above includes the table of contents. Brill have provided a copy of this newly published e-book, so I’ll have a bit to say about it soon.
The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches launches “R-City Guide,” a free app featuring interactive tours in ten key locations of the Swiss Reformation. The app is now available for free at the App Store and Google Play.
More here. And yes, you can download it in English. Just search R-City Guide.
NT Wright: “Jim who’s commentary?”
Michael Bird: “Every time I read Jim’s work I’m astonished that his books haven’t been made into movies!”
James Crossley: “Never in my life have I read anything like the stuff Jim produces. Never…”
Chris Tilling: “If Doug Campbell were half as witty as Jim and half as gifted he would be in the pastorate too instead of teaching at that backwater outpost of redneck learning he’s stuck at.”
Karl Barth: “I have Jim’s commentary open on my desk whenever I read the Bible, which is not at all frequently.”
Emil Brunner: “I love Jim’s work as much as he loves mine.”
Martin Luther: “Jim is the only Re-Baptizer I can stomach. The rest of them are imbeciles born of satan.”
John Calvin: “None better. None.”
Huldrych Zwingli: “Honestly, I don’t believe in reincarnation, but if I did, I think Jim would be me. Except he’s right about everything and I was wrong about Mary and wrong about baptism.”
James Aitken: “Jim who’s what?”
Joel Watts: “I seldom confess this- but Jim’s work is the best known to me, either personally or by reputation.”
Wolfgang Mozart: “If Jim’s work were musical compositions I would have to confess that he has done greater than I.”
John the Baptist: “He must increase, and I must decrease.”
*The following quotes may or may not have actually ever been spoken.
The Church’s endless banal attempts to be “relevant” are, arguably, in fact the decisive evidence that we have lost our trust in the faith once delivered to the Saints. We have been seduced by a secular pseudo-Gospel. – James Harding
An enlightened, freethinking NPC on a lightly modded Minecraft server announced Monday that he denies the existence of Notch and the team at Mojang, explaining that he doesn’t see any evidence of design in the clearly designed game world around him.
“My current working theory is that this digital landscape spontaneously created itself around 20 billion years ago, with no input from any kind of magic game designer in the sky,” he told a gathering of villagers in a coffee shop. “The evidence of order and tightly designed game mechanisms are merely random, chaotic patterns. Your lives are all meaningless.”
When other NPCs disagreed, pointing out that the carefully coded game design was powerful evidence that a higher intelligence named Notch created in 2009, the anti-designer activist was ready with an answer.
“If this ‘Notch’ is real, why doesn’t he just reveal himself? The idea of a ‘creator’ is simply wishful thinking for weak-minded people who can’t come to terms with the fact that we are alone on this server,” he added. “If we could just abandon the shackles of that Dark Ages way of thinking, just think how much progress we could make.”
At publishing time, the anti-designer NPC had begun calling anyone who confronted him with the clear evidence of design all around him as a “science denier.”
Sound oddly familiar… hmmm….
The newest volume of the Society for Old Testament Study Monograph Series has been published: Marriage by Capture in the Book of Judges: An Anthropological Approach.