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.

Meeting Melanchthon: Work, Work, Work

Early Days at Wittenberg Contrary to popular opinion, Melanchthon never served as a parish pastor. Unlike Luther, he was not […]

Melanchthon’s Magnum Opus

Luther Under the Ban Melanchthon Hard at Work

In 1521—the same year Melanchthon married his wife—at the Diet of Worms, Martin Luther was convicted of heresy and placed under a Papal bull and an imperial ban. The ban meant that he was an outlaw and could be killed or imprisoned on sight. It was only the grace and quick thinking of his elector, Fredrick the Wise, that saved Luther’s bacon. Elector Fredrick whisked Luther off to the Wartburg castle for safe keeping. Yet, while Dr. Luther was contending with the Papal bull against him, confessing the Christian faith at Worms, and writing sermons for preaching in the Castle Church and elsewhere, Melanchthon was at work developing the first Lutheran “system” of theology. This work was destined to exert a powerful influence on the Lutheran Reformation and marks an epoch in the history of Christian theology. The work in question was entitled the Loci Communes Theologici, or Common Topics of Theology.

Meeting Melanchthon: The Early Years

Early Life and Education: Philip(p) was born to George and Barbara Schwarzerdt in Bretten in 1497. Philip had four siblings: […]

Meeting Melanchthon

Earlier this month I taught a class on Philip Melanchthon at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Frasier, Michigan. At the […]
May 24, 2017 by Dr. Scott Keith