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Review – Concerning the True Care of Souls by Martin Bucer

On the Edition This Banner of Truth Trust edition includes a brief translator’s note, a short historical introduction by David Wright, the translation (about 200 pages) by Peter Beale, a brief appendix by Robert Stupperich on Bucer’s appeal to Chrysostom on clerical marriage, and another brief appendix containing what...

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Woodcuts, the Mass Media of the Reformation?

Right now I’m working my way through an excellent monograph that explores persuasive media used in the Reformation, Andrew Pettegree’s Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion. He discusses the various media by which the Reformation advanced, situating the book alongside other important vehicles: preaching, singing, drama, visual arts, and ephemeral print....

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A Place for Study

Academics may not pay enough attention to physical space. The crucial question is whether one has a space that is conducive to rigorous intellectual labor. Humanist pedagogues, ever eager to seize the least scrap of productivity, were keenly interested in this topic. Here are some recommendations from Heinrich Bullinger...

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Book Review: Erasmus by Cornelis Augustijn

Cornelis Augustijn, Erasmus: His Life, Works, and Influence, trans. J. C. Grayson (Toronto: University of Toronto, 1991) This biography of Erasmus is extraordinary for its lucid brevity. It is no easy task to depict a figure of Erasmus’ stature—his life, works, and influence!—in 200 pages, but Augustijn delivers. A...

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Book Review: Sacred History by Van Liere et al.

Van Liere, Katherine, Simon Ditchfield, and Howard Louthan, eds. Sacred History: Uses of the Christian Past in the Renaissance World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. What if ecclesiastical history in the era after the Reformation was not just a detour or even an impediment to “modern” secular history, but rather a...

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