Category Archives: Church History

Eine Unterrichtung, wie man sich vor Lügen hüten soll

On 25 June, 1524 Huldrych Zwingli wrote Frommen, liebe andächtigen brueder! Üch sol nit so ser verwundren, daß die fyend des götlichen wortes täglich nüw und unzalbarlich lüg wider es und sine ußkünder erdichtend, sunder frolocken, das üwre widersecher mitt … Continue reading

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Jackson’s Description of Zwingli’s First Days in Zurich, and of the Man Himself

On Saturday, January 1, 1519, he presented himself to the assembled canons [of Zurich], and was formally inducted into his office as people’s priest. … Zwingli thanked them for electing him, requested their prayers and the prayers of the congregation, … Continue reading

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Kappel. June 25. 1529.

The First Kappel War ended on this day in 1529. After several negotiations, a treaty of Peace was concluded June 25, 1529, between Zuerich, Bern, Basel, St. Gall, and the cities of Muehlhausen and Biel on the one hand, and … Continue reading

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Fun Facts From Church History: The Augsburg Confession

“Melanchthon began the preparation [for the Confession] at Coburg, with the aid of Luther, in April, and finished it at Augsburg, June 24. He labored on it day and night, so that Luther had to warn him against over-exertion. “I … Continue reading

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Calvin Knew Something The Emergents, the Seeker Sensitives, and the Mega-Churches Will Never Know…

Those who are strong only in fervor and sharpness, but are not fortified with solid doctrine, weary themselves in their vigorous efforts, make a great noise, rave, [and] make no headway because they build without a foundation.  — John Calvin

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The Pope Writes Zwingli: And Zwingli Responds to the Bearer of the Letter

Pope Adrian wrote Zwingli on 23 January, 1523- “Adrian, Pope, the sixth [of the name], to his dear son salutations and the Apostolical benediction: We send the venerable brother Ennius, Bishop of Verulam, our domestic prelate and Nuncio of the … Continue reading

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Proof Edits

We’re at the proof editing stage of this beauty- bit.ly/2mUojC7, and V&R is a pleasure to work with as are all of our contributors.  What a smart bunch of gifted writers.   Finally, I have to say, Jon Balserak is the … Continue reading

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Une histoire de la Réforme protestante en Suisse (1520-1565)

Le 9 mars 1522, une petite assemblée réunie autour du réformateur Ulrich Zwingli mange ostensiblement des saucisses en pleine période de carême, en totale opposition avec les prescriptions alimentaires qui régissent ce temps de renoncement aux plaisirs du monde. La … Continue reading

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Resources For The Study of the English Reformation

This is a gold mine. And MUCH more.

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Adolf von Harnack und die deutsche Politik 1890–1930

Adolf von Harnack, a church historian and academic organizer in Berlin, was one of the most influential persons in liberal Protestantism in Germany. Christian Nottmeier examines the connection between Harnack’s outline for cultural theology and his political involvement after 1890. … Continue reading

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Fun Facts From Church History

Charles V usually spoke in French; but he declared that he would sacrifice any other language, even Spanish or French, yea, one of his states, for a better knowledge of German (Schaff). Because German is the language of the theologians, … Continue reading

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Leo Jud on the Anniversary of his Death

Leo Jud… … was born in 1482, the son of a priest in Alsass, studied with Zwingli at Basle, and became his successor as priest at Einsiedeln, 1519, and his colleague and faithful assistant as minister of St. Peter’s in … Continue reading

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The Birthday of the Prophezei

Under Zwingli’s leadership… A theological college, called Carolinum, was established from the funds of the Great Minster, and opened June 19, 1525. It consisted of the collegium humanitatis, for the study of the ancient languages, philosophy and mathematics, and the … Continue reading

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Other Faces of the Protestant Reformation

November 23, 2017 at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Brazil: Symposium Other Faces of the Reformation.  On the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther’s work will always be prominent.  However, it is important to consider other protagonists … Continue reading

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Oswald Myconius: Briefwechsel 1515–1552

This two volume edition of the letters of Oswald Myconius will be a boon to students of the Swiss Reformation. Oswald Myconius (1488–1552) war Schulmeister in Basel, Zürich und Luzern, Mitarbeiter und erster Biograph Zwinglis und ab 1532 als Münsterpfarrer … Continue reading

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When Reformers Disagree

This week’s RefoThursday post starts out with two quotes- “Farewell to those who want an entirely pure and purified church. This is plainly wanting no church at all.”—Martin Luther “[T]he church which is outwardly without spot and blemish”—Menno Simons Read … Continue reading

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Zwingli’s Mentor- Thomas Wyttenbach

Wyttenbach was born at Biel, or Bienne, sixty miles west by south of Zurich, in 1472, and died there in 1526. In 1496 he was matriculated at Tuebingen, made M.A. there in 1500. In Basel he lectured from 1505 to … Continue reading

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther

This encyclopedia is a collaboration of the leading scholars in the field of Reformation research and the thought, life, and legacy of influence – for good and for ill – of Martin Luther. In 2017 the world marks 500 years … Continue reading

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Calvin: On Those Who Endure Persecution

If, while conscious of our innocence, we are deprived of our substance by the wickedness of man, we are, no doubt, humanly speaking, reduced to poverty; but in truth our riches in heaven are increased: if driven from our homes … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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