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Luther’s Truths, Then and Now

<i>Editor’s note: Robert Kolb delivered the following address at the International Conference on Confessional Leadership in the 21st Century, held in</i> …

Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther’s Theology Appears

Oxford University Press has published (April 2014) <i>The</i> <i>Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther’s Theology</i>, in its series of “Handbooks” to aid study of a wide …

Reformation at 500 and Vatican II at 50: the Luther Link

As we prepare to celebrate the quincentennial of the Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church has an anniversary of its own: fifty years since the …

Pro Re Theologica et Salute Fratrum: Luther as Reformer of Pastoral Care

Another Reformation Day has come and gone. Each year the day gives us occasion to reflect on the significance of the upheavals of the Sixteenth …

The “Three Kingdoms” of Simon Musaeus: An essay from the Festschrift for James M. Estes

<i>James M. Estes has been a leading North American Reformation scholar for more than half a century. A student of Harold Grimm at Ohio State</i> …

Luther, Laity and … Lego

As many parents who have young children, I recently found myself sitting in a theatre watching 100 minutes of plastic bricks animated with …

Urbanus Rhegius

Called the “bishop of Lower Saxony” by Luther, Urbanus Rhegius served as an evangelical preacher in Augsburg after the start of the Reformation and …

Tomasso de Vio (Cardinal) Cajetan

Cardinal Cajetan, baptized Giacomo de Vio, is best known for his interview of Luther at Augsburg in 1518, but he was also a prolific theologian in …

Thomas à Kempis

The most famous devotional text produced on the eve of the Reformation was <i>The Imitation of Christ</i>, and the author most closely associated with it …

Sylvester Prierias

Sylvester (Mazzolini) Prierias entered the early controversy over indulgences when, as papal court theologian, he drafted a theological critique of …

Pope Paul III

The fourth pope during the period of the Reformation, Paul III became the first to take proactive reform measures in response to Protestantism. His …

Pope Leo X

Leo X was the last of the Renaissance popes before the dawn of the Reformation, but his role in the indulgence controversy left the indelible …

Pope Julius II

Nicknamed “Il terrible” by his contemporaries and the “Warrior Pope” by historians, Julius II’s early sixteenth-century pontificate marked a notable …

Pope Hadrian VI

Hadrian VI proved to the last non-Italian pope until the twentieth century, but his place in the Reformation is most noteworthy because of both the …

Pope Clement VII

The second Medici to wear the papal tiara in three pontificates, Clement VII’s tenure was marked by his relative inability to make progress in the …

Philipp I, Landgrave of Hesse

If religious and political concerns were often inseparable during the Protestant Reformation, then they were borderline indistinct in the life and …

Martin Bucer

While not as recognizable as contemporaries Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, or even Philipp Melanchthon, Martin Bucer’s influential role …

Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder made an impression on the Reformation not through his ideas, his books, or his ecclesiastical service, but his art. As the …

Menno Simons

While many of the so-called “radical reformers” took up arms in their fight for ecclesiastical and political independence, Menno Simons came to teach …

Karl von Miltitz

One of the more significant diplomatic efforts to remedy the early Reformation conflicts was spearheaded by Karl von Miltitz, a papal ambassador to …

Justus Jonas

A humanist and canon lawyer at the outset of the Reformation, Justus Jonas became a trusted confidant of the Wittenberg reformers and stood alongside …

Johannes Tetzel

A Dominican prior and inquisitor, Johannes Tetzel became notable at the outset of the Reformation as the preacher of indulgences who instigated …

Johannes Oecolampadius

Johannes Oecolampadius occupied an important place in the Reformation at the intersection of northern humanism, Protestant theology, and the Reformed …

Johannes Bugenhagen

Known mostly as pastor of the city church in Wittenberg during the spread of the Reformation and as Luther’s own father confessor, Johannes …

Johannes Brenz

Alongside Johannes Bugenhagen, Johannes Brenz takes his place as a leading church administrator in the first generation of the Protestant Reformation …

Johann von Staupitz

During his time as Luther’s supervisor in the Augustinian order, Johann von Staupitz had a direct influence upon his spiritual and theological …

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 …

Jan Hus

The fifteenth-century church reformer Jan Hus is known as much for his controversial execution at the Council of Constance in 1415 as he is for his …

Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples (Faber Stapulensis)

Along with Erasmus of Rotterdam and the Italian cardinal Gasparo Contarini, Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples is one of the more notable sixteenth-century …