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Heinrich Varenius' Rettung Von Johann Arndts Wahrem Christentum

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Johann Arndt's Vier Bücher von wahrem Christentum (1605/1610) (BWC) (Four Books of True Christianity) are among the most successful and repeatedly published devotional writings of the post-reformation Lutheran period. The most extensive literary attack against Arndt's BWC was written by the Tübingen professor of theology, Lukas Osiander. Only a year after Osiander's philippic an extensive defence of Arndt was published: Christliche / Schrifftmässige / wolgegründete Rettunge der Vier Bücher vom wahren Christenthumb ... (1624). The author was Bernhard Varenius' father, Heinrich Varenius (1595-1635). Varenius demonstrates that Osiander's criticism of Arndt is much too sweeping and lacks the necessary critical interpretation. At the same time, however, it becomes clear that in his defence of Arndt, Varenius does not always differentiate clearly either, especially when we look closely at the sources he used to prove Arndt's orthodoxy.

Keywords:defence; Heinrich Varenius; Johann Arndts; Lukas Osiander; Lutheran orthodoxy; rettung; wahrem Christentum



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