Category Archives: 16th Century

Railing in Vain…and Reaping the Whirlwind

Those of you who are familiar with my work here on conciliarism and its relationship to the Protestant Reformation will appreciate this observation from one of the leading Catholic scholars of conciliarism, Francis Oakley: …During the late fifteenth and early … Continue reading

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Beza on the Education of A Minister

In recent weeks I’ve cited Calvin from Institutes Book II, Chapter 2, Section 15 several times on the goodness – and perhaps the necessity – of studying works outside of the Bible. Today I ran into this fantastic quote from … Continue reading

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Thomas More A Conciliarist (?)

A post with this title coming right after the post titled “Marsilius of Padua Not A Conciliarist (?)” is a bit humorous, but the subject matter is dead serious. Reading in the same Francis Oakley article I cited in the … Continue reading

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Marsilius of Padua Not a Conciliarist (?)

Roman Catholic controversialists of the kind who are immoderately attached to a monistic understanding of papal authority have long maintained that the conciliarism of the 15th century had some of its most significant roots in the radical “secularist” politics of … Continue reading

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All Truth Is God’s Truth

I’ve always liked this quote from John Calvin, and having just been reminded of it by seeing it on another blog, it occurred to me that it would be a good thing to post since of late I have been … Continue reading

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The Insanity of Luther

This is a pretty good video by R.C. Sproul. His description of the actual way the Diet of Worms event occurred, as opposed to the glamorized version of propaganda, reminded me of the way it was portrayed in the most … Continue reading

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Lutheran and Calvinist Concepts of “Vocation”

According to Max Stackhouse,:”(“Vocation,” in The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics, ed. Gilbert Meilaender and William Werpehowski [Oxford University Press, 2005], pp. 189-204. The material here summarized is from pp. 198-199.)”: although it is true that the Reformation generally considered … Continue reading

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Martin Luther: “Bernardus Redivivus”

In the opening paragraph of his essay for a 1992 conference on Bernard of Clairvaux Franz Posset provocatively says that “‘By remote control’, so to speak, Saint Bernard guides Luther’s thoughts across the centuries.” Indeed, “Saint Bernard is quoted or … Continue reading

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Bernard of Clairvaux: A Forerunner of John Calvin?

This is the question that A.N.S. Lane explores in his contribution to a 1992 scholarly conference on Bernard of Clairvaux.:”(Bernardus Magister: Papers Presented at the Nonacentenary Celebration of the Birth of Saint Bernard of Clairvauxed, John R. Sommerfeldt [Spencer, MA: … Continue reading

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Calvin and the Absolute Power of God

David Steinmetz discusses this topic in his article of the same title in Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies Vol. 18, No. 1 (Spring, 1988), pp. 65-79. What emerges from his discussion are some interesting points about both Calvin’s continuity … Continue reading

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