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The Essential Carlstadt

Fifteen Tracts by Andreas Bodenstein von Carlstadt

Discover the writings of a leader in the Radical Reformation who sparred with Martin Luther, calling for change “from below.”

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Although he was not an Anabaptist, the life and thought of Radical Reformer Andreas Bodenstein von Carlstadt (1486–1541), also known as Karlstadt for the town of his birth, had a strong influence on the Anabaptist movement. In 1534 he joined the faculty at the University of Basel. A professor of biblical studies at Wittenberg, Carlstadt became involved in radical changes that brought him into conflict with Luther. The fifteen tracts translated and edited here by E. J. Furcha represent the first major collection of Carlstadt’s writings in one volume. They give excellent insight into his sound Christian faith and exemplary zeal as a reformer of the church “from below.”

This is the eighth volume in the Classics of the Radical Reformation, a series of Anabaptist and Free Church documents translated and annotated under the direction of the Institute of Mennonite Studies.

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