Jorge Bergoglio

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  1. It is very interesting however, that Luther’s right-hand-man, Philip Melanchton did not see the pope or the papacy to be THE Antichrist fully, speaking in The Schmalkald Articles, and after signing them, Melanchon could write:

    “I, Philip Melancthon, also regard the above articles as true and Christian. About the pope, however. I maintain that if he would allow the gospel, we might allow him his superiority over the bishops which he has “by human right.” We could make this concession for sake of peace and general unity among those Christians who are now under him and might be in the future.”

    Indeed Melanchton could allow the pope to be the bishop of Rome, if he would allow the Gospel itself as ‘In Christ’.

    • Indeed. Luther also deferred to Melancthon as he got older, Melancthon softened Luther’s Augustinianism found in Bondage of the Will along with a few other things. What is called Lutheranism today is really the product of Melancthon.

      • I would agree too, but I am certain myself that Melancthon was really more of a semi-Pelagian as to classic Augustinianism that we see in the more Reformed in the Reformation itself. But Melancthon was a great thinker and theologian, on his own terms, but certainly not Luther!

      • I never made an attempt to read Melancthon but you have sparked my interest in the man, thank you Br. Robert.

  2. 🙂 jm I have a friend that is simply a walking and breathing Melanchton reader, he loves old Phil. I too have read him some, but not as much as he has. I know Calvin and Melanchton had some kind of theological & biblical friendship, and Philip’s Loci communes (the 1546 French translation) certainly affected Calvin, at least as to the shape of some of his Insttitutes. And Calvin did speak well for Melanchton’s Romans work, but he also was critical of some of the method. They also had positive ground on Gospel and Law. Btw Melanchton did see Paul’s argument of Romans 9-11 concerning the people of God throughout history. And they both did have a lifelong dialogue, with letters, etc. but too they often disagreed on so-called free choice and predestination, as too the Lord’s Supper. Simply Melanchton was a synergist, and of course Calvin was not! But indeed Melanchton is well worth the read!

    • Ahhhh, I do recall reading Loci Communes now. Since I had forgotten I read it I better read it again. Maybe something will stick this time.

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