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H. Henry Meeter Center: Specializing in John Calvin, Calvinism, the Reformation, and Early Modern Studies


"Seven Myths About the Reformation Debate
Over the Lord's Supper"

Amy Nelson Burnett, Professor of History at the University of Nebraska

Audio Recording of the lecture


Given on July 24, 2013

The standard account of the Eucharistic controversy amongst Protestant reformers focuses on the disagreement between Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingli, and it presents Jean Calvin as Zwingli's heir and successor. This approach overlooks the contributions of many other reformers to the debate and it distorts our understanding of the controversy's origins and development. This talk will address several myths about this key debate that divided Protestantism, highlighting the contribution of other figures to the discussion and providing a new perspective on the controversy.