1518 The Legacy Project?

The image of a German monk nailing a revolutionary document—The 95 Theses—is inspiring and iconic. For this reason, some who […]

Taking Ground

On the evening of May 24th, 1539 Martin Luther stood before a crowd at the Castle Pleissenburg, Leipzig. The following […]

Sinners are the Heirs of the Reformation

I have been told many times that the future of Lutheranism lays in the hands of those who have not […]

Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation

Luther wrote the theses of his Heidelberg Disputation as an explanation of his teaching and theological method. He presented them […]

Meeting Melanchthon: The Conclusion

The Search

Thus, we are at the end of our brief investigation of Philip Melanchthon; his theology, teaching, writings (especially the Loci Communes), work as a theological ambassador, reformer, and good friend of Martin Luther. Too, this short series has attempted to show that many, if not all, of the attempts that have been made to reveal or identify tensions or error in Melanchthon’s theology, have arisen primarily from anachronistic presuppositions of inconsistencies with Luther, or problems that have their grounding in modern systematic and dogmatic relevancies.

Meeting Melanchthon: Theological Ambassador Part II—France

A Recap

The Reformation was firmly ensconced in the German lands and began to move to other countries. It even reached France. In 1534, Melanchthon was invited to France to defend the Lutheran position to King Francis, who seemed to favor the Reformation. Melanchthon responded that he would do what was within his power for the sake of true religion (CR: 2, 739). Melanchthon expressed a fond willingness to accept the invitation, though John Fredrick, his elector, refused to grant him leave to go. The refusal of permission to travel did not stop Melanchthon from keeping up correspondences with interested parties in France.

Meeting Melanchthon: Theological Ambassador—Going to England?

A 1517 / Jagged Word Crosspost By the 1530s, the Lutheran Reformation was ensconced in most of Germany. This time […]

Meeting Melanchthon: A Man of Trouble

The First Missteps: A 1517 / Jagged Word Crosspost Melanchthon was the consummate tinkerer and was never completely satisfied with […]

Meeting Melanchthon: Freewheeling Libertine or Law Dog?

We All Love a Good Controversy The late 1520s brought controversy to the budding Lutherans and Melanchthon. Among them was […]

Meeting Melanchthon: The Birthday of the Lutheran Church

By Order of the Emperor

To develop a united front against the Turks, Emperor Charles V decreed that an imperial diet would convene at Augsburg to deal with the “evangelical problem,” among other things. The emperor announced that the diet would convene on April 8, 1530.