Category Archives: Church History

Fun Facts From Church History: The Founding of the Free University of Amsterdam

On October 20, 1880, through the work of Abraham Kuyper and cofounders, the Amsterdam Free University was opened, dedicated to a Calvinistic orientation, a tribute to Kuyper’s persistence in striving for the right of private higher education in the Netherlands.  … Continue reading

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RefoThursday

Lady Jane Grey! Lady Jane Grey was beheaded by royal decree for high treason against Mary I of England on February 12th, 1554. She had been the Protestant Queen of England for nine days. When the fifteen-year-old Protestant king Edward … Continue reading

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In Which Zwingli Is Asked About Rumors of Promiscuity

On 19 October, 1522 the Cantonal Clerk of Schwyz wrote Zwingli the following letter in which he relates to Zwingli various charges of promiscuity which are swirling around concerning him (along with other matters).  The letter is quite respectful and … Continue reading

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Fun Facts From Church History: While Luther Was Away, Karlstadt Did Play

According to the editor of Luther’s works (English), After October 13, 1521, masses were no longer celebrated in the Augustinian monastery at Wittenberg; on October 17, Karlstadt presided at a disputation where it was, proposed that all masses be abolished. … Continue reading

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Fun Facts From Church History

Luther lectured on 1 John and did so so meticulously that on October 16, 1527, he managed to cover four whole verses- 4:17–21. Luther- the exegete.

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The Day Jerome Bolsec Began Spewing His Heresy

At a general meeting, held October 16, 1551, the minister of Jussy, Jean de Saint André, in preaching from the words of St. John, (8:47,) “He that is of God heareth God’s words …,” took occasion to develop the doctrine … Continue reading

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A Special Journal Issue Focusing on the Anniversary of Luther’s Efforts to Reform

sehepunkte 17 (2017), Nr. 10 Liebe Leserinnen und Leser, selten räumt der deutsche Staat einem Ereignis den Stellenwert eines offiziellen Feiertages ein. Dieses Jahr ist es bekanntlich am 31. Oktober zur Erinnerung an ‘500 Jahre Reformation’ wieder einmal der Fall. … Continue reading

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The Death of Oswald Myconius

The editor of Calvin’s letters remarks Oswald Myconius of Lucerne, the distinguished philologist and theologian, [was the] disciple of Glarean and of Erasmus. He taught literature at Zurich in the lifetime of Zwingli, who honoured him with his friendship; was … Continue reading

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Philipp Melanchthon in 100 persönlichen Briefen

Philipp Melanchthon (1497–1560) had been a colleague and close collaborator of Martin Luther’s in Wittenberg for 28 years. 100 selected letters in chronological order illuminate important events from his life. Most of them now appear in German translation for the … Continue reading

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Near the Anniversary of Zwingli’s Death… His Major Writings

Over at Logos– It’s surprising that Huldrych Zwingli isn’t better known. Zwingli, a contemporary of Martin Luther’s, was an important figure in the Swiss Reformation. No kidding!  It is surprising that he isn’t better known.  He should be as well known … Continue reading

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Where Did People Get the Idea That Zwingli Died Fighting?

Certainly not from first hand evidence or witnesses on the scene, all of whom assert that Zwingli died never having drawn a weapon.  So where did the idea that he was hacking away at Zurich’s enemies and died fighting come … Continue reading

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On the Day That Zwingli Died

So here it is, once more- Bullinger’s account: On the battlefield, not far from the line of attack, Mr. Ulrich Zwingli lay under the dead and wounded. While men were looting . . . he was still alive, lying on … Continue reading

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Today With Luther: On War Against the Muslims

Luther’s concern throughout the book [On War Against the Turks] is to teach men how to fight with a clear conscience. In so doing he develops two major points. There are, he says, only two men who may properly fight … Continue reading

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Zwingli and the Re-Baptizers, In His Own Words

“Balthasar of Waldshut has fallen into prison here—a man not merely irreverent and unlearned, but even empty. Learn the sum of the matter. When he came to Zurich our Council fearing lest he should cause a commotion ordered him to … Continue reading

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Today in Puritan History

On Sunday, October 8, 1586, twenty-one [Puritans] were meeting at Henry Martin’s house in the parish of St Andrew’s-in-the-Wardrobe, and, as they were listening to the reading of the Scriptures by John Greenwood, they were broken in upon by the … Continue reading

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Today With Zwingli: In The Midst of Writing the ‘Commentary on True and False Religion’

In the Preface and the Address to the Reader, Zwingli tells how he came to write the Commentary.  “Many men in Italy and more in France, learned and devout,” urged him “to write out in Latin his religious views for … Continue reading

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The Last Thing Zwingli Wrote…

Was written on the 7th of October, 1531- just 4 days before his death at Kappel-am-Albis.    Titled Ein Kalenderspruch für die im Christlichen Burgrecht Verbündeten. It’s a poem- Ir herren und stett samenhafft von der christlichen burgerschafft, sehend ob allem … Continue reading

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Karin Maag’s Brilliant Essay: The Reformation- What Did We Gain? What Did We Lose?

Read it here.

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Fun Facts From Church History: The Martyrdom of William Tyndale

October 6, after local officials took their seats, Tyndale was brought to the cross in the middle of the town square and given a chance to recant. That refused, he was given a moment to pray. English historian John Foxe … Continue reading

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Plottings and Schemes Against Zwingli

When priests and monks had been degraded from their positions (so to speak) and a mandate had been issued against the pensioners as we call them, the enemy turned to plots to try if by any means they might destroy … Continue reading

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