Melanchthon

The Quiet Reformer

By Clyde L. Manschreck

Melanchthon

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  • ISBN: 9781606082836
  • Pages: 350
  • Publication Date: 1/8/2009
  • Retail Price: $41.00
Web Price: $32.80
Web Price: $32.80

Melanchthon

The Quiet Reformer

By Clyde L. Manschreck

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781606082836
  • Pages: 350
  • Publication Date: 1/8/2009
  • Retail Price: $41.00
Web Price: $32.80

About-

Philip Melanchthon was one of the most creative and effective thinkers of the Reformation, commonly ranked second only to Luther and Calvin by most historians. His contribution, however, was lost sight of in the controversy which plagued Lutheranism after Luther's death. He has often been treated as a replica of Luther, or as a mouthpiece for him; he was neither. In this landmark biography, Manschreck has explored the reformer's true stature and has demonstrated the enduring qualities of his contribution.

"To understand Melanchthon and to access his significance," wrote Manschreck, "one must recognize the two historical movements which combined in him and which have never been reconciled in Protestantism -- the Renaissance and the Reformation....He cannot be explained in terms of either, for he transcends both. This is his greatness. This is his tragedy."

As Melanchthon was the official representative of Protestantism at almost every colloquy in Germany from 1529 to 1560, influencing the very foundations of theology for all major Protestant denominations, we are indebted to Manschreck's effort to restore this reformer to his proper place in the historical record.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"I am rough, boisterous, stormy, and altogether warlike,...but Master Philip (Melanchthon) comes along softly and gently sowing and watering with joy, according to the gifts which God has abundanatly bestowed upon him."

Martin Luther

Contributors-

Clyde L. Manschreck

Bio(s)-

Clyde L Manschreck, having received his doctorate at Yale in historical theology, taught at Southern Methodist, Duke, Chicago Theological Seminary, and finally at Rice University in an endowed chair in religious studies.
He won numerous honors, including Ford, Guggenheim, and Fulbright awards. In addition to writing a number of books, he was a strong advocate of the US civil rights movement, Holocaust studies and ecumenical initiatives. In 1980 he received the Western Wisconsin Tree Farmer of the Year Award for having helped plant over 10,000 trees.

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