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Denck, Hans
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(c. 1500, Heybach – Nov 1527, Basel). After completing his studies at Ingolstadt (1517–1519), where he was formatively influenced by humanism, Denck acted as a school rector in Nuremberg from 1523, upon the recommendation of J. Oecolampadius. The ideas of A.B. v. Karlstadt and T. Müntzer strengthened his criticism of the Nuremberg Reformation, which, in his opinion, did too little to encourage inner transformation within the human being. This led to his expulsion from the city in 1525 and to the start of his unsettled itine…

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Leppin, Volker, “Denck, Hans”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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