Excerpt from Corpus Schwenckfeldianorum, Vol. 1: A Study of the Earliest Letters of Caspar Schwenckfeld Von Ossig
Savior, the All in All, the office of the Holy Spirit, the supreme author ity of the Scriptures, individualism, education and the successive points which are designated a few pages below. He became a man of immense and foremost inﬂuence in the Reformation of Silesia. He had wanted Boss to be the leader, but unconsciously became such himself, because he sought only the glory of his Master and was serving no personal ambition. In no sense can he be spoken of as an autodidact, for all his preliminary studies were in universities and his later ones under the direction of most competent scholars, involving also a revisit to Wittenberg that he might attend the lectures of Luther and Melanchthon, and possibly others. That he built upon these studies privately is true but not reprehensible nor narrowing. He must be considered one of the broadest and most far sighted men of his time. It must be remarked that Schwenckfeld did his own thinking and acknowledged no man as his master. With the highest regard for all who had opened up the paths of righteousness and frater nity, and eminently for Luther, he did not submerge himself under the inﬂuence of the most weighty personages of his day; the signs of his independence manifested themselves at once. Schwenckfeld conceived the notable plan of a diocesan reform. He suggested the separation of the bishopric of Breslau from Rome, and its remodeling through the Script ures alone. By this he hoped that the regeneration of the Silesian Church might be quietly effected. The proposal however failed to win the appro hation of Jacob von Salza, the then incumbent. Upon the failure of this project he desired the reformation of the Herzogtum of Liegnitz with Brieg, Wohlau and Luben, for which the State guaranteed free play. The inno vations were to be on the basis of the Scriptures and wholly by scriptural methods. This was a complete success; the scheme of religious liberty was also adopted by the Herzogtum of Prussia when that State was organ izod. These few facts among a hundred others are sufficient to over throw a criticism which denies him a sense for organization or for religious institution and worship on any large scale. A statesman of twelve years of official life without a sense for the statutable and institutional indeed!
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