Philip Melancthon; The Wittemberg Professor and Theologian of the Reformation

Philip Melancthon; The Wittemberg Professor and Theologian of the Reformation

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890* edition. Excerpt: ...own strength, the diet was prorogued, to assemble again at Spires in the May following. Meanwhile Philip of Hesse and the Elector John had formed an alliance, that if they were attacked on account of the Word of God they would unite their forces to resist their adversaries. This alliance was ratified at Torgau, and was afterwards strengthened by the admission of other princes favourable to the evangelical cause. But Luther and Melancthon desired that the cause should be defended by God alone, not by force of arms. Luther thought that the less men interfered with it the more striking would be God's interposition. Melancthon feared that the alliance of the evangelical princes would precipitate the struggle they were desirous of avoiding. The Diet of Spires opened on June 25th, 1526. In the instructions sent by the emperor, he ordered that the Church customs should be maintained entire, and called upon the diet to punish those who refused to carry out the edict of Worms. Ferdinand himself was at Spires, and his presence rendered these orders more formidable. Never had the hostility which the Romish partisans entertained against the evangelical princes appeared in so striking a manner. But the boldness and firmness of the friends of the Reformation weakened the power of their adversaries. Men saw that they were animated by the spirit of the Bible, and the timid and hesitating became brave. Ferdinand deemed it inadvisable at this stage to communicate to the diet the instructions he had received, and substituted for them a proposition calculated to satisfy both parties. The deputies from the free cities called for the abolition of every usage contrary to the faith of Jesus Christ, and the diet was divided into committees for the abolition of...
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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236841840
  • 9781236841841