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Eberlin von Günzburg, Johann

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Author(s): Peters, Christian
[German Version] (c. 1465, Kleinkötz near Günzburg – Oct 1533, Leutershausen [Ansbach]). He married Martha of Aurach in 1524. An adherent of Franciscan Observantism in Heilbronn, Tübingen (until 1519), Basel (contact with K. Pellikan, Beatus Rhenanus, Zwingli) and Ulm (1521), he was also a humanist and the author of the pamphlet cycle

Sprögel, Johann Heinrich

(211 words)

Author(s): Peters, Christian
[German Version] (Oct 11, 1644, Quedlinburg – Feb 25, 1722, Stolp, Pomerania [Słupsk]), Lutheran theologian, a leader of the Pietist movement in Quedlinburg, and father-in-law of G. Arnold. After studying in Leipzig, he taught at the abbey Gymnasium in Quedlinburg and was appointed a deacon of the abbey in 1681. After bitter conflicts with the abbess Anna Dorothea, duchess of Saxony-Weimar (governed 1684–1704), his ties with Pietism (journey to Leipzig in 1689; close contacts wit…

Gebhard Truchsess of Waldburg

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Author(s): Peters, Christian
[German Version] (Nov 10, 1547, Schloss Heiligenberg near Lake Constance – May 31, 1601, Strassburg), archbishop and elector of Cologne. He studied at Dillingen, Ingolstadt, Louvain, Perugia, and Bourges. In 1560 he became a canon of the cathe-¶ dral in Augsburg, in 1561 in Cologne and in 1567 in Strassburg, where he became dean of the cathedral in 1574. As Gebhard II, he officiated as archbishop and elector of Cologne from 1577 to 1583. The rival candidate, Ernest of Bavaria from the house of Wittelsbach, appealed unsuccessfully ag…

Hamelmann, Hermann

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Author(s): Peters, Christian
[German Version] (1526, Osnabrück – Jun 26, 1595, Oldenburg), Lutheran theologian. He attended school in Osnabrück, Münster and Dortmund and studied in Cologne and Mainz (1549/1550). He served as a chaplain in Münster, became a priest (1550) and pastor in Kamen (1552). Initially a Reform Catholic opponent of the Reformation, he became a Lutheran in 1553 and was removed from office. Hamelmann after-¶ wards worked as a preacher in Bielefeld (Neustadt) in 1554, but was removed from office in 1555. He then became a preacher in Lemgo (Marien). He studied in Rost…

Articles of Faith

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Author(s): Peters, Christian | Hauptmann, Peter
[German Version] I. Western Church – II. Eastern Church I. Western Church CD=Corpus (Corpora) doctrinae, CO=Church Order 1. Concept and Content. Articles of faith are officially authorized, textually authenticated doctrinal statements (Confession [of faith]), confession collections, CD) through which a constitutionally organized (Church order) Christian church articulates its own confessional insights, formulates a normative definition of its proclamation and doctrine, and thus simultaneously distances itself from other forms of proclamation …

Confutation of the Augsburg Confession

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Author(s): Peters, Christian
[German Version] The

Territorial Church History

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Author(s): Peters, Christian
[German Version] I. Name and Definition Territorial church history (TCH; also: church history of the Länder; Regional church) is a discipline of historical theology (Church history). It is concerned with church territories (Church order) as presently consitituted, and brings out their specific traditions and qualities. Thus the degrees of interdependence between TCH, general church history, regional history, and general history vary greatly.…

Augsburg Confession, Apology of the

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Author(s): Peters, Christian
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Augsburg Confession

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Author(s): Peters, Christian
[German Version] I. Origin – II. Content – III. Further history The Augsburg Confession of 1530 is the most important confessional document (Articles of Faith) of Protestantism. I. Origin In early 1530 conditions seemed unexpectedly favorable for a settlement of the religious quarrels that had broken out in the empire. After peace agreements with Pope Clement V (1523–34) and Francis I of France (1515–47) Emperor Charles V (1519–56) could for the first time since 1521 turn his attention again to German affairs. Nonetheless, since there was aga…

Schupp, Johann Balthasar

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Author(s): Peters, Christian
[German Version] (alias: Ambrosius Mellilambius, Antenor, Ehrnhold, Philander; Mar, 1610, Giessen – Oct 26, 1661, Hamburg), Lutheran theologian, writer, and educator. After attending school in Giessen, he began university studies at Marburg in 1625, spent three years traveling through northeastern Europe, and received his M.A. at Rostock in 1631. Returning to Marburg, he attended lectures on rhetoric; in 1634 he continued his studies at Leiden and Amsterdam. In 1635 he was appointed professor of h…

Meyfart, Johann Matthäus

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Author(s): Peters, Christian
[German Version] (Nov 9, 1590, Jena – Jan 26, 1642, Erfurt), theologian and author of devotional works. He was a representative of the pietistic Frömmigkeitsbewegung, focused on the meaning of Lutheran eschatology for the individual, and a hymnwriter (“Jerusalem, du hochgebaute Stadt,” EG 150; ET: “Jerusalem, thou city fair and high,” Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, 541). He began his studies at Jena in 1608 (1624 Dr.theol.) and went to Wittenberg in 1614. Appointed to the faculty of the Gymnasium Casimirianum in Coburg in 1614, he became its direct…

Geiler von Kaysersberg, Johannes

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Author(s): Peters, Christian
[German Version] (Mar 16, 1445, Schaffhausen – Mar 10, 1510, Strassburg). The most important popular preacher in German-speaking Europe at the end of the Middle Ages. He attended school in Kaysersberg, Alsace. In 1460 he went on to study at Freiburg i.Br., receiving his M.A. in 1463 and becoming dean of the faculty of arts. There he formed a friendship with J. Wimpfeling. He was ordained priest in 1470. In 1471 he moved to Basel, where he was associated with the cathedral and began his study of th…

Quiet in the Land, The

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Author(s): Peters, Christian
[German Version] Quiet in the Land, The, collective term for an extraordinary variety of religious groups and individual ¶ figures in Central Europe, especially at the transition from 18th-century Pietism to the revival movements of the 19th century. The term, which derives from Luther’s translation of Ps 35:20 (“. .…

Rothmann, Bernhard

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Author(s): Peters, Christian
[German Version] (Bernd Rottmann; 1495?, Stadtlohn – 1535, Münster?), Roman Catholic priest (1529), champion of the Reformation in Münster (1532), leading theologian of the Anabaptist kingdom of Münster (1534/1535). After schooling in Deventer, Münster, and Alkmar, Rothmann served initially as a teacher in Warendorf (receiving his M.A. in Mainz in 1524), then became chaplain of Sankt Mauritz in Münster (1529). He began his work as a Reformer in Münster, with a journey to Wittenberg, where he failed to meet Luthe…