We Believe in God and in Christ. Not in the Church : The Influence of Wessel Gansfort on Martin Bucer

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-29
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This English translation from the Dutch volume is a study of a quotation by St. Augustine as it was understood in the late medieval period. Marijn de Kroon focuses on how this quotation was interpreted by two theologians: Wessel Gansfort, the Northern humanist and theologian connected to theDevotio modernaand the Brethren of the Common Life, and Martin Bucer, the Protestant reformer who further developed Gansfort's ideas. This study is accompanied by a series of shorter texts, all showing the reception of Augustine's phrase in late medieval theology and contrasting it with Gansfort's understanding of it, which Bucer was to adopt. With his commented edition of sourcetexts, de Kroon throws a new light on the links between late medieval and Reformation thought, demonstrating how a fully fledged reformer like Bucer used the works of medieval theologians. In fact, this is the first work to point to a concrete case of Gansfort's influence on the Reformation.

Author Biography

Marijn de Kroon is Chief Editor of the Collected Works of Martin Bucer and author of numerous scholarly works, including The Honour of God and Human Salvation: Calvin's Theology according to His Institutes.

Table of Contents

Editor's Prefacep. ix
Author's Preface for the English Translationp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Augustine Makes His Entrancep. xv
Through the Back Door of Canon Law (Corpus Iuris Canonici)p. xvii
Augustine's Criticism of Mani's Epistula fundamentip. xviii
Introductory Note to Chapter 1p. xxi
Six Interpretationsp. 1
William of Occam (d. 1347)p. 1
Hermann von Schildesche (d. 1357)p. 5
Gregory of Rimini (d. 1358)p. 8
Pierre d'Ailly (d. 1420)p. 12
Thomas Netter Waldensis (d. 1430)p. 17
Gabriel Biel (d. 1495)p. 21
Who Has Authority in the Church?p. 27
Wessel Gansfort's Interpretationp. 27
Why Did Wessel Gansfort Write This?p. 30
Excursus: Gansfort and Lutherp. 32
Preliminary Remarks on the Present Edition of Wessel Gansfort's Treatise on Authority in the Churchp. 33
The Text: Wessel Gansfort, Ecclesiastical Dignity and Powerp. 34
Martin Bucer and Wessel Gansfort: Exploratory Foraysp. 67
Introductionp. 67
Bucer's Commentary on Romans 8:18p. 67
Bucer Chooses Wessel Gansfortp. 68
Exploratory foraysp. 70
Wessel's Treatise De Eucharistiap. 70
Wessel's Treatise De potestate ecclesiasticap. 73
Edification and Pietyp. 75
Religious Office as a Positionp. 77
Antithetical Formulationsp. 79
"Nature Is...the Will of God."p. 84
Wessel's Praise of Francis of Assisip. 85
Concluding Remarksp. 86
Abbreviationsp. 89
Sources and Secondary Literaturep. 91
Biblical Indexp. 97
Name Indexp. 99
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