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By Stayer, J.M. (ed.), Roth, J.D. (ed.), John D. Roth, James M. Stayer

This instruction manual of Anabaptism and Spiritualism offers an informative survey of contemporary scholarship at the Radical Reformation, from the 152s to the top of the eighteenth century. every one bankruptcy deals a story precis that engages present learn and indicates instructions for destiny research.

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12 Esp. Sider (1974). the reformation of the commoners 7 After the academic disputations burghers and students alike were pressing the Wittenberg theologians to put the new insights into practice. The first leaders to be engaged were Philip Melanchthon and Gabriel Zwilling, the preacher of the Augustinian cloister. Soon, however, Karlstadt, who had initially assumed a more cautious posture, took the lead and promoted reforms in Wittenberg without deference to the reservations of the Electoral Saxon court.

The many other stages of his development were not so much ruptures as transitions, which came about through shifts in his theological accents amidst changing situations. 19 Hertzsch (1957), vol. 2, 116. 12 hans-jürgen goertz In the end, all of these shifts were variations on the theme of the sanctification of the justified. A Communal Orientation of the Reformation Karlstadt takes his place in Reformation history above all as the spiritus rector of the Wittenberg Movement in 1521–1522. ”20 Very quickly political exigencies, ecclesiastical institutions and social forces were mobilized with the goal of reordering ecclesiastical and social relationships in Wittenberg.

Karlstadt had two basic concerns: first, he stressed the character of salvation as a matter of grace, and second, he endeavored to describe the effect of the gift of salvation in people. Nowhere does this two-fold concern express itself more clearly than in the formula “Gelassenheit in Gelassenheit” (yieldedness in yieldedness) that he used in his mystically inspired pamphlet The Saying ‘Yield Yourself ’ and What the Word Yieldedness Means (1523). Yieldedness (Gelassenheit) is not conceived as a human work or virtue, but as a work of God in human beings— just like faith, hope and love.

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