This is Worth Repeating

The demand for “relevance” and *immediate* applicability impoverishes theology. Humanity’s highest end is God himself. We need a recalibration of what counts as relevant. — Luke Stamps

Verily verily.

The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis

This book contributes to the discussion on the development of the biblical canon by presenting clearly the early Christian lists of canonical books. Scholarly and popular literature frequently mentions the views of early Christians on the biblical canon, and frequently the information is wrong or insufficiently nuanced. This book clearly presents the early canon lists, with notes to guide the interpretation of the lists, and will clear up some confusion on the state of the Bible in early Christianity. The lists certainly do not solve every problem about the development of the Bible, and close study of their contents will in some ways add to the complexities of the subject. But in the belief that scholarship advances most soundly by constant interaction with the ancient sources that it seeks to interpret, ready access to a collection of canon lists in the original language with translation and notes should serve as a boon to biblical scholars and patristic scholars alike.

We shall see…  More anon…

Quote of the Day

The LORD God took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden to farm it and to take care of it. (Gen. 2:15)

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Emidio Campi in the News

Kirchenhistoriker Emidio Campi hat sich mit der AZ zum Gespräch getroffen. Er spricht über das ausklingende Reformationsjahr – und wie er per Zufall nach Baden kam.

Das Reformationsjahr ist bald vorbei. Emidio Campi hätte sich manchmal ein etwas tiefgründigeres Jubiläumsjahr gewünscht. Der Badener ist emeritierter Professor für Kirchengeschichte und war von 1998 bis 2009 Leiter des Instituts für Reformationsgeschichte an der Uni Zürich. Seitdem wirkt er als Gastprofessor an europäischen und amerikanischen Universitäten und zuletzt in Seoul.

Als wir ihn im «Himmel» in Baden zum Kaffee treffen, möchte er weniger über sich als vielmehr über sein jüngstes Werk sprechen: Das Handbuch «Die schweizerische Reformation», das er Ende November im Auftrag des Schweizerischen Evangelischen Kirchenbundes auf Deutsch mitherausgegeben hat. Es ist jetzt schon das Standardwerk zu diesem Thema. Auf Englisch ist das Buch schon 2016 erschienen, als Editio minor auch auf Koreanisch.

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Catholic Reform in the Age of Luther: Duke George of Saxony and the Church, 1488-1525

In his portrait of Duke George of Saxony (1471–1539) Christoph Volkmar offers a fresh perspective on the early Reformation in Germany. Long before the Council of Trent, this book traces the origins of Catholic Reform to the very neighborhood of Wittenberg. The Dresden duke, cousin of Frederick the Wise, was one of Luther’s most prominent opponents. Not only did he fight the Reformation, he also promoted ideas for renewal of the church. Based on thousands of archival records, many of them considered for the first time, Christoph Volkmar is mapping the church politics of a German prince who used the power of the territorial state to boost Catholic Reform, marking a third way apart from both Luther and Trent.

This book was orginally published in German as Reform statt Reformation. Die Kirchenpolitik Herzog Georgs von Sachsen, 1488-1525.

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