The Conduct Our Master Commands (Calvin)

In 1558 John Calvin wrote a letter to Nicholas Zirkinden, a friend of his. Zirkinden had criticized Calvin for being too rigid and severe in his writing and meetings. Calvin admitted that Zirkinden had a point: I confess that I am irritable, and though this vice displeases me, I have not succeeded in curing myself …

Sola Scriptura and Tradition (Vanhoozer/Muller)

There is some misunderstanding in evangelicalism about the meaning of "sola scriptura" (Scripture alone). It would take a bit of time and space to go into detail on this statement. For now, I just want to point out one aspect of sola scriptura that people almost always forget: the important place of tradition in biblical …

The Reformation and the Church Calendar (Benedict)

The topic of Reformed churches and their use of a church calendar is a somewhat detailed topic. The Protestant Reformation obviously included a reformation of worship according to the Word. The Reformers' opinions about the church calendar differed. By in large, the church calendar was looked down upon by Reformed churches. At the same time, …

Luther on His Severe Attacks of the Roman Catholic Church

In 1520 Martin Luther wrote - among other things - three treatises that became very popular. In many ways these three treatises are a must-read for students of the Reformation. These treatises are as follows: "To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation," "The Babylonian Captivity of the Church," and "The Freedom of a Christian." …

To Elsie, My Dear Friend in Christ (Luther)

Here's a great Reformation resource: Luther's Letters to Women. It was originally translated by Georgiana Malcom and published in 1865. It contains quite a few letters Luther wrote to his wife Katherine and other female Christian friends of his. These letters are not just a window into the Reformer's historical context, life, and thought, they …

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