02 August 2001


You've got to admire Martin Bucer.

Not only was he a highly trained Dominican priest who came to espouse the cause of the Reformation, but he also did so with a faithfulness to Scripture, veneration for the Fathers, sensitivity regarding tradition, and spirit of irenic ecumenism towards his Lutheran and Catholic interlocutors. And he exercised a profound effect upon the shape of the Reformation in ways as diverse as his early influence over John Calvin, his later interaction with Thomas Cranmer, his colloquies with the Catholics, and his indirect shaping of the English Psalter.

I bring this up since I've been re-reading essays from Martin Bucer: Reforming Church and Community edited by David F. Wright (Cambridge 1994), a helpful window into the life and work of this often neglected Reformation figure. If you're unfamiliar with Bucer, I'd recommend these essays as a good place to begin.