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Martin Bucer
Reforming Church and Community


Peter Matheson, Martin Greschat, Willem van't Spijker, Peter Stephens, Irena Backus, Ian Hazlett, James Kittelson, D. F. Wright, Cornelis Augustijn, Jean Rott, Gottfried Hamann, Basil Hall, Gerald Hobbs
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  • Date Published: April 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521892520

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  • Martin Bucer (1491–1551) was one of the most important sixteenth-century Reformers, who became leader of the Reformed Churches in Switzerland and South Germany after the death of Zwingli. An international team of specialists on Bucer (several of them involved in the new critical edition of his works) highlight his contribution in thought and practice to building the community of the Church - in Strasbourg, but also elsewhere in Europe, and in England, where he spent the last years of his life in Cambridge. The issues raised emphasise Bucer's distinctiveness, as a Reformer of the Church and its ordered life, as well as raising matters of contemporary significance, such as Church-state relations, Protestant–Catholic unity, and tensions between a church of true believers and a 'people's' church.

    • Hitherto a lack of a good synthesis in English of some of Bucer's major concerns - this book provides it
    • The book is relevant to highly contemporary issues, such as Church-state relations and Protestant-Catholic reconciliation
    • Contributors number the best-known Bucer specialists writing today
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    'This fine collection ... instructive, absorbing, and well presented …' English Churchman

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521892520
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.344kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Martin Bucer and the Old Church Peter Matheson
    2. The relation between church and civil community in Bucer's reforming work Martin Greschat
    3. Bucer's influence on Calvin: church and community Willem van't Spijker
    4. The church in Bucer's Commentaries on the Epistle to the Ephesians Peter Stephens
    5. Church, communion and community in Bucer's Commentary on the Gospel of John Irena Backus
    6. Church communion between Christ and believers: impulses and directions in Martin Bucer's Thought Ian Hazlett
    7. Martin Bucer and the Ministry of the Church James Kittelson
    8. Infant baptism and the Christian community in Bucer D. F. Wright
    9. Bucer's ecclesiology in the colloquies with the catholics, 1540–1541 Cornelis Augustijn
    10. The Strasbourg kirchenpfleger and parish discipline Jean Rott
    11. Ecclesiological motives behind the creation of the 'Christlichen Gemeinschaften' Gottfried Hamann
    12. Martin Bucer in England Basil Hall
    13. Martin Bucer and the Englishing of the psalms: pseudonymity in the service of the early English protestant piety Gerald Hobbs

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    D. F. Wright, University of Edinburgh


    Peter Matheson, Martin Greschat, Willem van't Spijker, Peter Stephens, Irena Backus, Ian Hazlett, James Kittelson, D. F. Wright, Cornelis Augustijn, Jean Rott, Gottfried Hamann, Basil Hall, Gerald Hobbs

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