Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It Didn't Take That Long

In tracking the history of Presbyterianism to write an earlier post here (link), I made a quick timeline to orient myself, thus trying to see where Calvin, who was the father, you might say, of Presbyterianism, appears in time. Herewith that timeline:

1517
Luther Issues The Ninety-Five Theses
1521
Diet of Worms declares Luther a heretic
1522
Luther's Translation of New Testament appears
1525
Anabaptism appears in Switzerland
1530
Diet of Augsburg founds Lutheran Church
1531
Zwingli, the Swiss Reformer, dies
1534
Church of England secedes from Catholic Church
1534
Loyola Writes Spiritual Exercises, founding Jesuits
1536
Calvin writes Institutes of the Christian Religion

This made me realize with something of a start that all of the institutional seeds of the Reformation were pretty much sewn and blooming in a mere 20 years—along with the seeds of the Catholic Counter-Reformation.

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