Restoring Christ's Church: John a Lasco and the Forma Ac Ratio

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    This book examines the struggle for Protestant consensus and unity through the work of John a Lasco 1499-1560. It is only in recent years that scholars have begun to recognise the importance of Lasco as one of the leading figures of the European Reformation, and a pivotal figure between Lutheran and Reformed theologians. The Polish reformer was among the most dynamic church organisers of the sixteenth century, dedicated to healing the divisions among evangelicals and searching for the key to Protestant unity in the example of the Apostolic Church. It was to this end that he published the "Forma ac ratio" in 1555, a work that recorded the rites and practices of the London Strangers' Church of which he had been the first superintendent and to provide a model for uniting the disparate Protestant communities on the continent. Although some recent works have focused on aspects of Lasco's early career in Germany and England, this is the first book to provide a comprehensive analysis of the Forma ac ratio, and the reformer's reasons for writing it. This study also puts Lasco's distinct model for Protestant churches into the wider European context and assesses his impact on the struggle for unity through an examination of his correspondence, the reaction to his writings, and his influence on Protestant congregations across Europe.

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    Number of Pages: 200
    Format(s): Hardback - ISBN: 9780754656012
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    Listed in: European history, Protestantism & Protestant Churches, Christian liturgy, prayerbooks & hymnals
    Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited

    Books by Michael S. Springer

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