Concordia Theological Monthly

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faith, thomas müntzer, liturgical, revelations, luther

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


If one were to adhere to the popular myth about Thomas Müntzer, one might expect few or only negative results of a study devoted to Müntzer's use of Scripture. The legend begun by Müntzer's enemies and perpetuated over the centuries is that Müntzer had little use for Scripture and relied mainly on dreams and personal inspiration for his source of divine revelation. This view receives its most extreme formulation among general historians or scholars in tangential fields who rely on secondary literature. For instance, the Germanist Paul Beckmann says: "With Müntzer the revolutionary attitude gets out of bounds because it renounces any connection with Scripture and wants to follow only the heavenly voice, the revelation in one's own spirit, in order to erect a kingdom of elect Christians."


History of Christianity

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars