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Hans Denck (1500?–1527)

David C. Steinmetz

in Reformers in the Wings

Second edition

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195130485
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869008 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195130480.003.0020
 Hans Denck (1500?–1527)

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Like Balthasar Hubmaier, Hans Denck had a university education and was converted to Anabaptism through his influence. Denck sided with Hubmaier in his attack on Luther's doctrine of the bondage of the will and predestination. Denck wanted to enlarge, not restrict, the realm of human freedom and responsibility. To that end, he stressed that God reveals himself immediately to the human heart and that Scripture, which Denck labored to translate accurately, is not the Word of God but only a witness to the universal Word. Because the Word of God speaks immediately to the free human heart, Denck believed that God would hold human beings accountable.

Keywords: Denck; freedom; Hubmaier; Luther; will; Word

Chapter.  3277 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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