In the Protestant Reformation in Germany in the 1500s, Melanchthon played a key role; he was Martin Luther’s close friend, assistant, and successor. Philip ranks #13 on our list of persons who most shaped today’s Church.
First published in 1521, his Loci Communes (“Commonplaces”) was the first systematic theology written by any Reformer. He wrote some of the confessions of the Lutheran Church, including the Augsburg Confession.
A less controversial personality than Martin Luther, Melanchthon was willing to make some compromises with Roman Catholicism. Especially, Melanchthon developed the idea of synergism – the teaching that man’s will works with God’s will to accomplish man’s salvation. Both Martin Luther and John Calvin had strongly insisted that neither man’s will nor man’s activity play a role in accomplishing man’s salvation.
Feel free to openly comment on this selection, as we get closer to the official “Top 10”, and the book launch in early March. Thank you, and God Bless,