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Melancthon and the Reformation In Hungary

Monday, November 24, 2008, 12:09
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Professor Buzogany Dezso’s work on Melancthon and the doctrine of Holy Communion is a new and invaluable reference work for those English readers wishing to explore the connection between the formation of the Hungarian Reformed church through the lens of the Communion Controversies on the Continent at large during the time of the Reformation.

It is available from Full Bible Publications in print or electronic format.

While American readers may find the contention that Melancthon is considered the father of a “Reformed” (as opposed to “Lutheran”) church, Professor Buzogany begins the work in this way:

Church historians conclude that the decisive moment during the 16th century formation process of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Transylvania was that, when Melanchthon’s influence over the
Transylvanian Hungarian reformers increased. It has also been said that our accepting of the Swiss doctrines had been a result of his encouragement.

Accordingly, the key factor in our becoming reformed is Melanchthon, or, more precisely, his very own way of approaching the presence of
Christ in the Holy Communion.

But to what degree is this statement true? Though Melancthon’s influence on the Hungarian Reformed church remains undisputed, it requires the balance of this intriguing work to help English readers understand not only Melancthon, but also his impact on the development of the Hungarian Reformed Church.

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