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Debating the Sacraments: Print and Authority in the Early Reformation

Amy Nelson Burnett


The early Reformation debate over the sacraments provoked a crisis of authority within the evangelical movement. The conflict developed from contrasting presuppositions held by Martin Luther and Erasmus of Rotterdam concerning the relationship between spiritual and material reality; it also reflected differences in biblical hermeneutics and the interpretation of specific Scripture passages. Both infant baptism and the Lord’s Supper were discussed privately in the early 1520s, but the public debate began in late 1524 with the printing of Andreas Karlstadt’s pamphlets rejecting Christ’s corporea ... More

Keywords: sacrament, Eucharist, Lord’s Supper, baptism, authority, printing, Martin Luther, Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190921187
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190921187.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Nelson Burnett, author
Paula and D.B. Varner University Professor of History, University of Nebraska - Lincoln