Melanchthon (2788 words)


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Trying to offer a brief biographical sketch of the Protestant reformer Philipp Melanchthon might not be too difficult despite his many moves around, church activities, writings, teaching positions, meetings, and negotiations, but to summarize succinctly his theological standpoints (several), his philosophical and humanistic approaches and methodologies, and above all his scholastic writing, represents a true challenge. We could today identify his approach as interdisciplinary, despite his focus on philology (Greek) and theology. Although Melanchthon was a thoroughly peaceful man who strongly pursued irenic perspectives throughout his life, he was involved in countless disputations, intellectual confrontations, and heavy arguments both …

Citation: Classen, Albrecht. "Melanchthon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 February 2021 [, accessed 09 March 2021.]

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