Compassionate Disfiguration? The Story of 16th C. Executioner Frantz Schmidt.

Frantz Schmidt was, for 45 years, employed by the state to extract confessions and execute criminals–361 of them, to be exact. He tortured, flogged, and disfigured hundreds more, the details of which are chronicled in his private journal with blunt matter-of-fact. Modern published editions of his journal reflect no moral confusion resulting from his numerous…

New Book: Brand Luther

A fascinating and well-researched look at “how an unheralded monk turned his small town into a center of publishing, made himself the most famous man in Europe, and started the Protestant Reformation.” Andrew Pettegree’s scholarly works continue to prove helpful. Luther thought that the printing press would usher in the end times due to its…

The Reformation and Erasmus’s Greek Testament

I’m not sure how I missed this, but a new exhibit opened at the Dunham Bible Museum at Houston Baptist University back in January, 2016. “Renaissance of the Bible: Erasmus’s Greek text, a foundation for Reformation” commemorates the 500th anniversary of the publication of Erasmus’s Novum Instrumentum, the first publication of the printed Greek New Testament…

UNESCO and Luther’s 95 Theses

Though I am planning a return trip to Wittenberg, Germany, next year to attend and hopefully present a paper at the 2017 Research Consortium of the Refo500 conference on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther and his 95 theses, tomorrow, March 17, would be an historic day to visit as well. 14 early writings of the…

Books and Reading in the Reformation Period

I am attempting to compile a bibliography of materials on the role of books and reading in the Reformation period. Rather than provide such a cumbersome list here on the blog, I have decided to play with WorldCat’s lists feature because of its simple “Citations” view for easy import into Zotero. Any you with a…

La Réforme, Pierre Viret, and Southern Seminary

For those of you who might be interested, I am speaking at an upcoming mini-conference being held at Southern Seminary, November 2, 2011. I will be speaking on Pierre Viret from a much-expanded form of a paper I delivered at the Refo500 Research Consortium (RefoRC) in Zürich last June, and will be drawing connections between…

Zwingli’s Works Now Available Online

Attention students of the Reformation: I just learned that Zwingli’s Werke (Works) and Briefe (Letters) are now available online, fully searchable, for free, thanks to the Institut für Schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte (IRG) at the Universität Zürich. They are both linked via this announcement from the IRG. I presented a paper there at a conference back in…

The Diffident Reginald Pole: Part 1

This is the first of a series of posts on Cardinal Reginald Pole, the theologically schizophrenic Catholic theologian during the 16th Century Reformation. He was initially sympathetic with the Reformational perspective of justification by faith alone, and was placed in a difficult position when the Pope called on him to convene the Council of Trent….

commonplacing

Speaking of the Reformation, here’s a new book that just came through our library. John Spurr, The Post-Reformation: Religion, Politics and Society in Britain 1603-1714 (Harlow, England: Pearson, 2006). Publisher’s blurb: Spurr provides a substantial account of English, Scottish and Irish history from 1603 to 1714, and a unique portrait of the century’s religious life….

peter martyr redux; or, my favorite reformer

On the heels of my previous post, I thought it appropriate to now introduce you to another Reformation era man whom I respect greatly. Peter Martyr Vermigli (PMV) was an Italian priest whose theology of justification was influenced greatly by the Spaniard Juan de Valdes (coffee, anyone?). While the ecclesiastical allegiances of Contarini and Pole…

luther by the lutherans

This video on Martin Luther was produced by the ELCA and is freely available on Google Video. I found it on The Conventicle (an excellent and thoughtful site – well worth your time); so it comes to you via the ELCA, some Scottish Puritan buffs, and a Baptist librarian. Enjoy. By the way – if…