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Fun Facts From Church History: Reprobate Depraved Priests Were a Major Cause For the Acceptance of the Reformation By the People

For instance, in Geneva a series of Council edicts condemned the behavior of the priests: Dissolute lives of the Cordeliers de Rive, September 2d 1483, June 13th, July 11th, November 28th 1486; June 24th 1491; June 20th 1503 (they refuse to be reformed); May 10th 1527, and May 4th 1534. Dissolute lives of the Jacobins …

Fun Facts From Church History: The Reformation of the Church Requires an Educated Clergy

Zwingli was among the first to recognize the fact that without a learned clergy there would be no use in attempts to reform the Church.  Consequently… Zwingli sought to reform the Carolinum as well as the churches, as a necessary part of the great work of the Reformation. Accordingly, on the 19th of June, in …

Fun Facts From Church History

In 1558 the city of Geneva established a College, and Beza was called, at Calvin’s suggestion, to the Greek professorship. Much to the regret of Viret and his colleagues, he accepted. He was influenced by various considerations, the chief of which were his desire to escape from the trouble caused by Viret’s establishment of the …

Fun Facts From Church History: The Establishment of the Reformation in Geneva

From the first establishment of the Reformation in Geneva, the observance of all holidays, with the single exception of the Christian Sabbath, was abolished. This cannot be imputed to any indifference to either prayers or preaching. Besides the ordinary hours of public worship, there was a sermon appointed every Lord’s Day at four o’clock in …

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In the early editions of the Loci, Melanchthon didn’t discuss the doctrine of the Trinity because he had a certain bit of scorn for attempts to explain the mystery of the divine unity in trinity. He accepted the doctrine and thought efforts to rationalize it silly.

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Fun Facts From Church History: The Church Which Hosted Zwingli in Glarus…

… Was burnt in the conflagration which well-nigh destroyed the town on Friday, May 10, 1861, and upon its site is a building containing the Law Courts, the Public Library, and a small museum. Bet ya didn’t know that, did ya?

Fun Facts From Church History: The Anniversary of the Edict of Worms

It was the 8th of May, 1521, that the imperial denunciation of Luther was promulgated. The Edict of Worms was a decree issued by The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V banning the writings of Martin Luther and labeling him a heretic and enemy of the state (see The 95 Theses of Martin Luther). The Edict, issued …

Fun Facts From Church History: Zwingli’s ‘Zurich German’ Wasn’t Widely Understood

The dialect the good people of Zurich spoke was, and is, in many respects, quite unique (even now).  Luther had problems with it and so did The Landgrave of Marburg. Consequently, on May 7, 1529, [Zwingli wrote the Landgrave in the lead-up to the Marburg Colloquium] – “… that I address you in Latin I do it …

Fun Facts from Church History: Erasmus’ Early View of Luther

On April 14, 1519, Erasmus wrote from Antwerp to Frederick, the able Elector of Saxony, saying that of Luther’s writings he had so far read only certain extracts.4 Every one, he said, who had religion at heart read these books with the greatest sympathy. “All who were conversant with his life approved of it, since …

Fun Facts From Church History: Singing For Mary

“A certain wicked priest, when he was chanting the evening prayers on Christmas Eve, said, ‘We have to do all this singing although Mary had only one child. What would it be like if she had had more? We’d have to scream ourselves to death!’ ”  — Martin Luther

Fun Facts From Church History: The Confession Of Bullinger’s Father

In 1529… In February of this year Bullinger’s father had publicly proclaimed at Bremgarten his conviction, that he had hitherto, in the time of darkness, misled his parishioners; but that now he would endeavour to guide them in the right way of life, out of holy scripture alone, and through Jesus Christ, our only Saviour.* …

Fun Facts From Church History: Scotus Was a Heretic

Scotus Erigena was considered a heretic or a madman while he lived, and this fact joined to the other that his views were far in advance of his age, caused his influence to be at first much less than might have been expected. He passed into almost complete obscurity before he died, as the conflicting …

Fun Facts from Church History: When Zwingli Sends a Copy of His Latest Book…

The book [i.e., the Commentary on True and False Religion] came from the press at the end of March, 1525. Zwingli sent a copy to Vadian (March 31) and one to Christoph Schappeler at Memmingen. Ludwig Sigwyn, of Swabia, is known to have had a copy by August 23, 1525; it was probably a gift …

Fun Facts From Church History: Leo and His Indulgences

The bull of indulgences was issued March 31,1516, and granted the young German prelate [Prince Albrecht of Brandenburg] the right to dispose of pardons throughout the half part of Germany, the period being fixed at 8 years. The bull offered, “complete absolution—plenissimam indulgentiam—and remission of all sins,” sins both of the living and the dead. …

Fun Facts From Church History: Lutherans Are a Snooty Lot

P. Schaff writes The bitter theological differences between Lutherans and Reformed had long been a disgrace. Beza had in early life brought trouble upon himself by minimizing them, as has been already recorded, but in his old age he made one more attempt in that direction. Count Frederick of Wuertemberg, a Lutheran, but a friend …

Fun Facts From Church History: Luther’s Name

Most folk think that ‘Luther’ is a form of the family name ‘Luder’ and that Martin Luther simply took to spelling his name in the more modern format. Not so.  Rather, sometime after the 95 Theses made him well known he adopted the Greek name Ελευθηριυς and though he signed his work with that name …

Fun Facts From Church History: I’d Rather Be Burnt Alive Than be A Roman Catholic

March 21, 1556, Thomas Cranmer is burnt at the stake in Oxford. Rather than recant at his public execution, Cranmer reaffirmed his belief that the Pope was the antichrist, and refused to return to the Catholic Church. Via. Happy ‘I’d Rather Be Burnt Alive Than Be A Roman Catholic’ Day!

Fun Facts From Church History: A Little Known Influence on Luther

You may not be familiar with Johann Hilten, but he was a strange little Monk with some fairly bizarre apocalyptic inclinations who was fairly influential on Luther in terms of the latter’s self understanding. In the Franciscan Convent at Eisenach, in Thuringia, was a monk named John Hilten. He was a careful student of the …

Fun Facts From Church History: The Real Saint Patrick

ST. PATRICK or Patricius (died March 17, 465 or 493) was the son of a deacon, and grandson of a priest, as he confesses himself without an intimation of the unlawfulness of clerical marriages. He was in his youth carried captive into Ireland, with many others, and served his master six years as a shepherd. …