- Series: Praeger Series on the Early Modern World
- Hardcover: 170 pages
- Publisher: Praeger (August 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144080253X
- ISBN-13: 978-1440802539
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A Reformation Life: The European Reformation through the Eyes of Philipp of Hesse (Praeger Series on the Early Modern World)
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Phillipp of Hesse is indeed a name that often pops up in even cursory classes and studies of the Reformation, but often only in passing. One might suspect that he doesn’t get a whole lot of attention because he wasn’t a theologian, and the reformation is most often studied by theologians interested in the theological contributions of men like Martin Luther or Melanchthon. Yet, if Forrest Gump is remembered not only for accidentally being everywhere, Phillip might more often be unjustly compared to Forrest for his gumpy like behavior. Phillipp is perhaps more remembered for blunders in the reformation, the Colloquy of Marburg, and his own infamous bigamy. His attempt at Marburg to establish a military alliance between the Lutheran states and the followers of Zwingli based on theological unity failed miserably, and perhaps drove the two reformers even further apart, but it was his solicitation of Luther’s permission to engage in bigamy that is most remembered for endangering the cause of the Reformation. Events like these perhaps explain why attention is quickly diverted from the subject of numerous footnotes to discussion of brighter moments of success in the Reformation, but then a person misses a fascinating story in which the gospel triumphs not only over, but through human weakness. This is a story in which God uses the foolish and weak to shame the wise and the strong.
David Whitford is the man to tell this story, to research the intricacies of the biography and bring the story to life. With a Phd from Boston University under the tutelage of renowned Reformation scholar Dr. Carter Lindberg (Dr. Whitford edited his festschrift “Caritas et Reformatio”), he became well known in Lutheran circles for "Tyranny and Resistance: The Magdeburg Confession and the Lutheran Tradition" his work on The Magdeburg Confession , around which many of the events leading up to and surrounding Phillip himself played a major role. David has since distinguished himself in the area of Reformation studies with several books and articles as well as being a cherished member of the Baylor faculty where he teaches reformation history.
And Whitford tells the story in an engaging manner that provides fuller perspective on the life and times of Phillip of Hess that simultaneously makes one more sympathetic to him while providing a deeper understanding of what the Reformation meant in its day, and the implications of the Reformation for church and political life today. The characters of John Fredrick, Luther, Melanchthon, Bucer, Zwingli and Calvin as well as Henry VIII and Charles V all weave their own threads into the tapestry of the Landgrave’s life. In the process Phillip is shown to be a major character in the Reformation who should be known for much more than his Forrest Gump like blunders, but perhaps more for his Gump like redemption of the Reformation. For if I was not for Phillip’s capture and imprisonment by Charles V, his son-in-law, Maurice of Saxony, may have been inclined to let the Augsburg Interim remain in effect rather than turning on the Emperor and forcing permanent recognition of the Confessio Augustana in the territories of the Holy Roman Empire. In the end, it was precisely because of Phillip of Hesse, that just when the victorious Charles V thought he had finally accomplished his lifelong goal of ending religious diversity within his realm and restoring Catholicism to his lands the gospel of the Reformation triumphed in a way it perhaps never would have otherwise. In many respects it reflects the story of Christ who vanquished his enemies in a death thought by the devil to be his defeat. One incredibly fascinating story.