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Happy 525th, St. Philip

Today is the 525th anniversary of Philip Melanchthon's birth in 1497. Here's a poem to celebrate. The poem, a tribute to Melanchthon after his death--that is, his heavenly birthday--is by Theodore Beza and comes from his Icones, a set of tributes to Reformers from...

Bucer to Bullinger (9): On a Council

Below is the rest of the section on the possibility of a council from Martin Bucer's 1535 letter to Bullinger and Leo Jud. The new material begins with "If the Lord has accomplished such things...". Bucer on a Council Concerning a council: A long time ago, under the...

Bucer to Bullinger (8): On a Council

After a brief hiatus, we are back with the next section of Bucer's letter to Bullinger and Jud, this one on Christendom and councils, of no little relevance to ongoing debates about church and state. This is the first of two posts on this topic. Bucer on a Council...

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