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Zanchi on Festivals (7)

In today’s post, we move on to Zanchi’s discussion of festivals instituted by men with the consent of the church, of which he gives several that he approves of. The list echoes to a large extent what is found in the Litany:  By the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation; by Thy holy Nativity and Circumcision; […]

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Zanchi on Festivals (6)

Zanchi now proceeds to discuss festivals as applied to the Christian church in particular, by analogy with what he has already set out in relation to the Old Testament.  The Christian church, too, has festivals of both kinds: those instituted by direct divine warrant and those instituted by men with the consent of the people […]

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Zanchi on Festivals (5)

In today’s post, Zanchi deals with the second type of licit festivals: those instituted by men with the consent of the church. As examples, he points to Purim (Esther), as well as to Hanukkah, the origin of which is recounted in 1 Maccabees.  Zanchi notes that these festivals, although not instituted by direct divine command, […]

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Zanchi on Festivals (4)

Today we move onto the second quaestio, now that Zanchi has established that festivals, as a matter of natural law, are appropriate not only for the church of the Old Testament, but also of the New Testament. That second question is: which ones? In answering the question, Zanchi makes a very important distinction, viz., that […]

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Zanchi on Festivals (3)

Zanchi continues his comparison of gentile, Christian, and Jewish festivals, drawing on Festus for what he has to say about the gentiles.  Christians festivals are like those of the gentiles in some respects, but not in others. For instance, Zanchi does not believe that “games” (ludi, a term that included all kinds of spectacle in […]

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Zanchi on Festivals (2)

In today’s post, Zanchi continues his response to the objection that Christians should not have festivals through an analysis of the Fourth Commandment. Zanchi here makes the important distinction between substance and accident in the commandment; notes an important parallel with gentile festivals that helps to demonstrate the naturalness of festivals or feast days; and engages […]

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Humanizing the Reformers (2): Luther to Jonas on the Death of Melanchthon’s Son

In a previous post, we looked at Melanchthon’s response to the birth of Joachim Camerarius’s daughter and to the death of his own son, Georg, in August of 1529. Two days after that event, Martin Luther wrote to his friend Justus Jonas about Georg’s death and Melanchthon’s grief. (The letter is mentioned here.) Luther notes […]

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Humanizing the Reformers: Melanchthon on Childbirth and Child Death

From the vantage-point of centuries, it can be difficult to remember that the magisterial Reformers–or, indeed, any other historical figures–were actual human beings, made of the same stuff as we are, subject to the same joys and sorrows we share. In Act 3 of The Merchant of Venice, Shylock says, of Jews and Christians:   […]

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Catechismus primus, Quaestiones XXXI-XXXV

After a little delay, we’re back with the next section of the First Catechism in Latin. These questions treat the definition of sin and the Fall. As always, please feel free to do with these as you like. Quaestiones XXX-XXXV xxxi. Quid significat illud “transgressio”? Facere quae mihi interdicit Deus. xxxii. Quid meretur omne peccatum? Ira […]

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Catechismus primus, Quaestiones XXVI-XXX

Next five questions below, about the Covenant of Life and sin. Quaestiones XXVI-XXX xxvi. Quid promisit Deus in foedere vitae? Se Adam vita donaturum esse, si Deo perfecte pareret. xxvii. Quid minatus est Deus in foedere vitae? Se Adam morte puniturum esse, si Deo non pareret. xxviii. Tenuitne Adam foedus vitae? Non id tenuit; in […]