Monday, April 30, 2012

Introducing Aegidius Hunnius

I recently finished working on a Latin translation project, a 1597 document written by Aegidius Hunnius, one of the chief orthodox Lutheran theologians in Wittenberg. It's a collection of 214 theses—short statements combatting the errors of Samuel Huber in the areas of election, justification and Baptism. It is published through Repristination Press and now available on Amazon:

Here's the publisher's book description from Amazon:
    Aegidius Hunnius (1550–1603) was among the “Champions of Lutheran Orthodoxy” who served on the faculty of the University of Wittenberg and was one of the early signers of the Formula of Concord. During his service at Wittenberg, he was also superintendent, and oversaw the visitation of the churches of Saxony, coauthoring the Saxon Visitation Articles (1592). In this work, Hunnius contends with the theology of Samuel Huber (1547–1624), a former Calvinist who was called to the University of Wittenberg in 1592. After arriving in Wittenberg, Huber introduced his own novel terminology and theology which put him at odds with the Formula of Concord and his fellow professors. Huber made the situation worse by accusing his colleagues of Calvinism when they did not assent to his theological opinions. In this book, Hunnius refutes Huber's errors regarding the doctrine of justification; as Hunnius wrote in the dedication to this work, “we propose ... not only to wash away the charges he has made, but especially to refute his shameful errors concerning the eternal election and predestination to eternal life, not only of the children of God, but also of the children of the devil (that is, all the impenitent); similarly, his errors concerning the universal justification of all men—of unbelievers no less than believers; concerning also the regeneration of hypocrites in Baptism, which is said to be conferred on them in that very act of treachery and impiety.”

6 comments:

LPC said...

Huber was a teacher of UOJ if I remember right.
Congratulations on your efforts of translating Hunnius' book.

LPC

WELS church lady said...

Thank you Pastor Rydecki. I look forward to reading your translation. Will you be presenting this at the Intrepid Conference? I wish everyone in the synod understood the valuable work and accomplishments that the Intrepid leaders have put forth. This has not gone unnoticed by me!

In Christ,
Rebecca

Nick said...

Awesome! I just bought Nicolaus Hunnius' Diaskepsis Theologica. Stoked about getting his dad's work. Thanks.

Rev. Paul A. Rydecki said...

Thanks everyone. Rebecca, this will not be the theme of my presentation at the IL conference. However, it will come up in my presentation, and I will have a few copies available.

Brett Meyer said...

Well done Pastor Rydecki.

Christ's blessings and comfort to you and yours,
Brett Meyer

LPC said...

I have featured your book in my humble blog.

The Lord's blessings,

LPC

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