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Tolerance And Heresy: Martin Bucer's Radical New Definition Of Christian Fellowship

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In the early years of the conflict about the Eucharist before the Marburg Colloquy which were also the years when the clash with the Anabaptists began Martin Bucer, following Erasmian ideas and in common with his Upper Rhine and Swiss Humanist and Reforming friends Zwingli, Oecolampadius and Capito, had developed views on the central significance of the Christian principles of pacifism and love, friendship and brotherhood. Bucer's new understanding is innovative in major points on the one hand in comparison to the traditional Roman Catholic understanding of church fellowship and heresy and on the other in clear contrast to the Lutheran definition of the relationship between the truth of faith and the tolerance of love. Moreover, in the context of a dynamic biblical, reforming theology he also goes beyond the de-dogmatizing ideals of peace and unity of Erasmian Humani.

Keywords: Christian Fellowship; Erasmian humanism; Marburg Colloquy; Martin Bucer; reforming theology; Roman Catholic church; Zwingli



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