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Birth of Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt

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Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt

Andreas Bodenstein, most commonly known as Karlstadt for the town of his birth, embodied the tumultuous early years of the Reformation and the difficulty of categorizing many reformers according to theological allegiances. At first opposed to Luther’s theological opinions, Karlstadt … Continue reading

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Martin Bucer

While not as recognizable as contemporaries Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, or even Philipp Melanchthon, Martin Bucer’s influential role in the early Protestant Reformation may only stand behind that of Luther himself. As a parish pastor, reformer, diplomat, preacher, … Continue reading

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Johann Eck

As professor at Ingolstadt in Bavaria during the outbreak of the Reformation, John Eck would play a significant role in opposing Luther’s reform and winning Bavaria for the Catholic party. Born Johann Maier in the Swabian village of Eck, he … Continue reading

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Birth of Martin Bucer

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Leipzig debate

The Leipzig Debate in the summer of 1519 proved significant in pushing the indulgence controversy beyond the question of penance and justification to the question of authority in the church. John Eck, a scholastic theologian teaching at Ingolstadt, had engaged … Continue reading

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