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  • Melanchthon, Philipp Originally Philipp Schwarzerd. 1497-1560. German theologian and a leader of the German Reformation. A friend of Martin Luther, he wrote Loci Communes (1521), the first extensive treatise on Protestant doctrine.

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  • n. German theologian and Luther's successor as leader of the Reformation in Germany (1497-1560)

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  • Even thus early he ventured to believe that those held false doctrine who put so much stress on works of penance, that there was nothing beyond these works but a cold satisfaction and a ceremonious confession; and when, later, he learned from Melanchthon that the Greek word for penitence, _metanoia_ meant literally "change of mind," it seemed to him a wonderful revelation.

    The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 12

  • Luther's own copy of the first edition of his translation of the Bible after his final revision, printed at Wittemberg in 1541, with MS. notes by himself, Bugenhagen and Melanchthon, which is also now in the British Museum, sold for eighty-nine pounds, five shillings; and a splendid set of the _Opere di Piranesi_ for three hundred and fifteen pounds.

    English Book Collectors

  • Luther's advice to Melanchthon which is so revolting to Catholics that they have made it the slogan in their campaign against Luther refers to

    Luther Examined and Reexamined A Review of Catholic Criticism and a Plea for Revaluation

  • Evidently, then, he at that time desired to publish the Catechism together with a visitation tract, such as Melanchthon wrote in 1527.

    Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • 'Melanchthon's assertion that Bugenhagen influenced Luther's formulation of the article on the Lord's Supper is probably correct.

    Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • They are no match for D├╝rer's' exquisite portraits of his friend, soldier and politician Willibald Pirckheimer (1524); the humanist professor and theologian Philip Melanchthon (1526); and the bearded, jowly Frederick the Wise (1524), with crinkled eyes, floppy hat and fur collar, looking as if he is about to give a good-natured "Harrumph!"

    Masterful Engravers

  • In the later internal divisions within Lutheranism, moderate supporters of Melanchthon continued to regard Erasmus positively while regretting a lack of courage that prevented him from following his own principles to their logical conclusion, a position that eventually prevailed among most Protestants; but the dominant Lutheran faction of the late sixteenth century rejected Erasmus just as Luther had.

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • Melanchthon described his own reaction, but not Luther's.

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • The two men never corresponded again, though Erasmus maintained a civil and even friendly correspondence with Melanchthon, a talented humanist and educational reformer.

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • Luther noted that, while Catholics of his day were formulating intricate arguments answering one or another of his theological points, Melanchthon and he sat in a beer hall inventing new, sophistic topics that slammed the unsuspecting Roman apologists totally from out of left field.

    The Smear Reports

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