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Calvin: Kirche – Luther: Kommunikation – Zwingli: Konvivenz


Mit Aus der Au präsidiert zum ersten Mal eine Schweizer Persönlichkeit den Deutschen Evangelischen Kirchentag, der 2017 in Berlin und Wittenberg stattfindet. In diesem Jahr feiern die evangelischen Kirchen weltweit den 500. Jahrestag des Anschlags der 95 Thesen in Wittenberg durch Martin Luther, Grundstein einer weitreichenden Reformation von Kirche und Gesellschaft.  Der ganze Text des Vortrags von Christina aus der Au ist unter zu finden.

Via.  It’s a pretty good essay, though quoting Barth in connection with Zwingli is like quoting Osteen in connection with the Bible.

John Calvin: A Companion to His Life and Theology, By Donald K. McKim


This one looks good.

calvThis unique book is an introductory guide to the life and theology of John Calvin (1509-64). Calvin’s theology has been highly significant as a major expression of Protestant theology. Reformed churches throughout the world appropriate Calvin’s theological understandings and find his work provides important insights into Scripture and communicates a vibrant Christian faith. The first part of this book describes events in Calvin’s life that helped shape his major work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. The second part follows the flow of the Institutes and provides a narrative exposition of this major work, with numerous quotations of Calvin’s own words. This enables readers to hear Calvin’s voice as his views are explained. This close reading of Calvin opens the door to further, more thorough Calvin studies.

The Anniversary of the Reformatory Speech of Nicholas Cop (Written by John Calvin)


The new rector of the university [of Paris] was Nicholas Cop, the son of a distinguished physician, and a warm friend of Calvin. All Saints’ Day brought with it the duty of delivering the annual oration, and a month after his election, November 1, 1533, before a large audience in the Church of the Mathurins, the new rector spoke after a fashion to injure himself and his friend, John Calvin. Cop had asked Calvin to write the address or to make substantial contributions to it, and the result was, as Beza tells the incident, “Very different kind of oration from the ordinary one, for he spoke of religious matters with great freedom.”

In the speech Calvin made a plea for the New Testament kind of reformation, and boldly attacked the musty theologians of the day as a set of sophists, ignorant of the true Gospel. “They teach nothing of faith, nothing of the love of God, nothing of the remission of grace, nothing of Justification, or if they do so, they pervert and undermine it all by their laws and sophistries. I beg of you, who are here present, not to tolerate any longer these heresies and abuses.”

The word was out and could not be recalled. It was sufficient to rouse against Cop all the ire of the conservatives. The Sorbonne interpreted the address as a manifesto against the Holy Church, and condemned it to the flames. The rector of a month fled to Basel. Calvin fell into their accusation also, so we judge his share in the speech was not a secret. He took temporary refuge in the dwelling of a vine-dresser in the Fauburg St. Victor, changed his clothing, was let down from a window, Pauline fashion, and escaped from Paris carrying a hoe upon his shoulder to perfect his disguise. The police were quick upon his heels, yet found nothing save his books and papers.

And so it began- the career of Calvin the Reformer.

Happy Reformation Day (Except to the Still Angry About it Papists)


Or as I like to call it- Second Reformation Day Initiated by the Third Reformer, Luther, Who Wasn’t the First Reformer (That Was Zwingli, Already in 1515) or the Brightest Reformer (That Was Calvin). But that’s an awfully long title and it hasn’t really caught on. Though in order to be historically accurate, it should.

At any rate- Happy Day to all those children of the Reformers!

On Reformation Day Don’t Read ABOUT the Reformers, Read the Reformers


Hop over here and read Zwingli. And here you can read Calvin. And over here, Luther. It’s well and good to read about the Reformers in secondary sources. But there’s nothing like reading the Reformers themselves, in their own words. Nothing.

Calvin on the Depraved and Perverse Practice of Praying to Saints


I say nothing of the more monstrous specimens of impiety in which, though detestable to God, angels, and men, they themselves feel no pain or shame. Prostrated at a statue or picture of Barbara or Catherine, and the like, they mutter a Pater Noster; and so far are their pastors from curing or curbing this frantic course, that, allured by the scent of gain, they approve and applaud it.

But while seeking to relieve themselves of the odium of this vile and criminal procedure, with what pretext can they defend the practice of calling upon Eloy (Eligius) or Medard to look upon their servants, and send them help from heaven, or the Holy Virgin to order her Son to do what they ask?

The Council of Carthage forbade direct prayer to be made at the altar to saints. It is probable that these holy men, unable entirely to suppress the force of depraved custom, had recourse to this check, that public prayers might not be vitiated with such forms of expression as Sancte Petre, ora pro nobis—St Peter, pray for us. But how much farther has this devilish extravagance proceeded when men hesitate not to transfer to the dead the peculiar attributes of Christ and God?

You tell ’em, John.

Calvin on the Prophetic Task


calvinAlthough we do not daily receive a revelation of what we are to utter as a prediction, yet it is of high importance to us to compare the behaviour of the men of our own age with the behaviour of that ancient people; and from their histories and examples we ought to make known the judgments of God; such as, that what he formerly punished he will also punish with equal severity in our own day, for he is always like himself. Such wisdom let godly teachers acquire, if they would wish to handle the doctrine of the Prophets with any good result. –  John Calvin (Preface to Isaiah).

The University of Geneva Course on Calvin Begins in Just One Week


Sign up today.  It’s free.  You owe it to yourself to enroll in the University of Geneva course on John Calvin.  It commences the 26th.

Calvin Says…



You Have About 10 Days


To enroll in the University of Geneva course on John Calvin.  It commences the 26th.  I can’t recommend it too highly.


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