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Debating the SacramentsPrint and Authority in the Early Reformation$
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Amy Nelson Burnett

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190921187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190921187.001.0001

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Print, Polemics, and Popular Response in Southern Germany

Print, Polemics, and Popular Response in Southern Germany

(p.204) 10 Print, Polemics, and Popular Response in Southern Germany
Debating the Sacraments

Amy Nelson Burnett

Oxford University Press

Vernacular pamphlets published in Ulm and Augsburg shed light on the impact of the public debate over the Lord’s Supper. The Ulm reformer Conrad Sam gave a fair summary of the position of each side, although he favored the sacramentarians. Radical sacramentarian authors in Augsburg were more partisan and anticlerical. When one of their pamphlets was falsely attributed to him, Sam defended his own moderate position and sought the support of the leading sacramentarian reformers. Johannes Eck repeated arguments from Sam’s pro-Wittenberg opponents in his own attack on the Ulm reformer. The pamphlets written against Sam were more important than Sam’s own writings for establishing his reputation as a sacramentarian. Whereas Eck cited the authority of the Roman Church and clerical authors looked to the leading reformers, lay contributors appealed directly to the Bible and the ability of readers to draw their own conclusions concerning the sacrament.

Keywords:   Conrad Sam, Augsburg, polemics, Johannes Eck, authority, pamphlet

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