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  • Oops! I Lost the Prophetic! image

    Oops! I Lost the Prophetic!

    When I was at University (1979 – 1985) my conservative evangelical “friends” in the Christian Union would avoid me at mealtimes. They made it quite clear that I... Read more
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    Drinking Blood with the Pope

    In 1527 Martin Luther wrote of Ulrich Zwingli that he would “Rather drink pure blood with the Pope than mere wine with the fanatics” (The Sacrament of the Body and... Read more
  • The Anabaptist Challenge image

    The Anabaptist Challenge

    The success of Zwingli’s Reformation was, from the very outset dependent on support from the Zurich magistrates. The Bishop of Constance was outraged at the implied... Read more
  • The Sausage Revolution image

    The Sausage Revolution

    Zwingli’s Zurich Reformation was by no means simply a “rip off” of what Martin Luther was doing in Wittenberg. Zwingli himself was always keen to emphasize that it... Read more
  • Series: Zwingli image

    Series: Zwingli

    A short series by Andy Johnston on Zwingli - the forgotten man of the Reformation. Read more
  • Ulrich Zwingli – The Forgotten Man of the Reformation image

    Ulrich Zwingli – The Forgotten Man of the Reformation

    I doubt that there is even a single reader of this blog who has not heard of Martin Luther or John Calvin. These two stand like giants in the history of the Protestant... Read more
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    A New Name

    Sadly, I have had very little time to blog recently. Life seems to have got very busy over the last few months. I am hoping to spend some time over the summer doing less... Read more
  • The Multi-Faceted Luther image

    The Multi-Faceted Luther

    What am I to do with Luther? He was so many different things to different people at different times! Read more
  • The Dark Side of Luther – Antisemitism image

    The Dark Side of Luther – Antisemitism

    Luther is surely at his least appealing and attractive in his writing on the Jews. In his pamphlet Of the Jews and their lies (1543) he writes: Read more
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    Enjoy Sex and Defeat the Devil

    Because of Luther’s huge importance in the history and development of Protestant theology, there has been a tendency to want to make him “respectable.” One... Read more