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The Wittenberg Concord (3)

A few people asked that I finish the translation of the Wittenberg Concord that I began about a year ago (see post 1 and 2). There was one article remaining, that on absolution; I include it below. The only thing that remains to be done and that likely will be of interest to TCI’s readers […]

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The Wittenberg Concord (2)

Below is the second section (“On Baptism”) of the Wittenberg Concord, the first part of which treats the Lord’s Supper and which I translated here. It is a strong affirmation of the propriety and necessity of infant baptism and was subscribed by all those listed in the previous post, though some of its particulars would not […]

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The Wittenberg Concord

Next month marks the 480th anniversary of the Wittenberg Concord, a document that resulted from discussions about the sacraments between German Lutherans and the Reformed of southwestern Germany and western Switzerland. It is the result, in other words, of the search for consensus among various parts of the Protestant world, intended to be an affirmation […]

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“As Many of You As Were Baptized” (2)

After some delay, we continue with Calvin on Galatians 3.26-7. In the first installment, we saw the central importance to Calvin of union in the consideration of what it means to be sons of God. But Paul seems to say that this comes about by baptism. So: is it the case that “being baptized” is […]

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Calvin’s Sacraments

In a letter to Philip Melanchthon from August 1554, Calvin writes in part to show whether and how far he is in agreement with Luther’s sacramentology. Clamavit tota vita Lutherus, non alia de re se contendere, nisi ut suam sacramentis virtutem assereret. Luther cried out with his whole life that he was not contending about anything […]

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Martin Bucer on Private Confession & Absolution

Amy Nelson Burnett points out that Zwinglians and Lutherans differed on the practice of offering private confession and absolution. Lutherans believed the practice to be a healthy replacement for mandatory auricular confession, while the Zwinglians considered it meaningless for one Christian to pronounce forgiveness over another. Martin Bucer initially supported the Zwinglians on this issue […]

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“Institutional Unity” and the End(s) of Protestantism

I’ve been following with some interest the recent exchange between Doug Wilson and Peter Leithart on his “End of Protestantism” post at First Things,  in conjunction with the publication of his book of the same title (here, here, and here). I’m not going to comment on the whole exchange, in which I think Pastor Wilson […]

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July 29, 1579

Today is an important day in the history of the Church. Ok, I suppose that’s not entirely accurate; but it’s important to me, so I’m going to post about it anyway. July 29 is the anniversary of the day on which the Lutheran Niels Hemmingsen, at the time Denmark’s most famous intellectual and academic and held […]