TITLE

MARTIN BUCER AND CHURCH RENEWAL IN EUROPE

AUTHOR(S)
Greschat, Martin
PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
Reformation & Renaissance Review: Journal of the Society for Ref;Jun2003, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p92
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Owing to his many personal contacts and tireless activity as a letter writer, Bucer presided over an extensive network of correspondents and ideas in Europe. However, Bucer differs from other great Reformation figures in so far as he considered his connections with the churches in Europe to be a theological mission. Each of these churches was expected to live in community with the others and to inform them of successes, failures and difficulties, thereby sharing or receiving inspiration for the work of Church renewal. At the centre of Bucer's efforts stands the proclamation of the lordship of Christ. The discursive nature of this theology enabled Bucer to tolerate great religious diversity. This flexibility ended where a church--such as the Roman church--or the political power--such as Emperor Charles V after the collapse of the Schmalkaldic League--dictated a single form of Christian belief. In this instance Bucer, in the name of the lordship of Christ, issued a summons to spiritual and religious resistance.
ACCESSION #
11446844

 

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