E.J. Hutchinson

The Tragedy of Politics

In his Parallel Lives, Plutarch links Theseus, the legendary King of Athens, with Romulus, the first (legendary?) King of Rome. As is the case with most of the paired Lives, Plutarch offers a comparison at the end. He notes that both Theseus and Romulus were...

Piercing Heaven

For this week's "Melanchthon Monday," a short poem--only a couplet--on prayer, inspired by Luke 24. EX LUCA 24. CAPITE.Ut tua pertingat, penetretque precatio caelum, Ardenti fiat speque fideque frequens. "From Luke 24"If you desire that your prayer may ascend up to...

Calling on God in “Truth”

Psalm 145:18 says, "The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth" (ESV). If we read the Psalms in light of Christ as, e.g., Augustine tells us too, we might think of John 14:6: "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life....

The Theologian of the Holy Cross

September 14 marks Holy Cross Day. In honor of the cross of Christ, here are a couple of justly famous paragraphs from Martin Luther's Heidelberg Disputation (1518) on what it means to be a theologian. 20. He deserves to be called a theologian, however, who...

The Duty of Magistrates?

I didn't have time to prepare a proper "Melanchthon Monday" this week. On the other hand, I discovered via Twitter this morning that one of my essays is appearing in this forthcoming Davenant volume, the title of which is "'Nursing Fathers': The Magistrate and the...

How to Pray

For Melanchthon Monday this week, we're taking a hiatus from the series "Then in Distress We Upraise," but don't worry: we'll get back to it. (I know you were worried.) Instead, this week I want to look at a passage from the last phase of the Loci Communes on prayer,...

“Then in Distress We Upraise” (3)

Time once again for #MelanchthonMonday! This is the third installment dealing with a petitionary poem by Joachim Camerarius and its Nachleben. In Part 1, we looked at the poem itsel. Last week, we looked in Part 2 at a letter Melanchthon wrote to Camerarius in which...

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