The human heart has so many recesses for vanity, so many lurking places for falsehood, is so shrouded by fraud and hypocrisy, that it often deceives itself. – John Calvin
Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy; do not dread what they dread, have no fear of that. Yahweh Sabaoth is the one you will proclaim holy, him you will dread, him you will fear. (Isa. 8:12-13)
Read Christoph Heilig’s interesting post over on the ZNTB.
B. Rhenanus died on the 20th of July in 1547. Unfortunately his name is scarcely known these days but in his own he was tremendously important, significant, and influential. Rhenanus was one of Zwingli’s closest University friends and while in Basel, sent Zwingli many of Luther’s works (which were being printed there).
Though more Humanist than Reformer, Rhenanus was still a valuable member of Zwingli’s inner circle. Oskar Farner published an interesting essay in 1913 about Zwingli’s ‘becoming’ a Reformer and in it he naturally brings up Rhenanus. Give it a read. And remember, we only see as far as we do because we stand on the shoulders of giants.
Below are photos from the Rhenanus Library.
True believing Christians are sheep among wolves- Conrad Grebel.
Reformation figures like Michael Sattler, Conrad Grebel, and Felix Manz—the Swiss Brethren—read the Bible differently. They taught that the Christian faith should be kept separate from entanglement with civil authority in order to preserve its prophetic voice. They believed Jesus taught us to be peacemakers, to love our enemies, and to welcome the stranger, which contradicted the priorities of earthly governments.