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Chemnitz, Martin (1522–1584)

  1. Alvin J. Schmidt

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0268

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Schmidt, A. J. 2011. Chemnitz, Martin (1522–1584). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Martin Chemnitz was born in 1522 in Brietzen, or Treuenbrietzen, in Germany, and died in 1584.From the age of 14 to 16, he lived in Wittenberg,where he heard Martin Luther preach. He returned to Wittenberg in 1545 and remained there until 1547, where he had some contact with Philip Melanchthon and some exposure to Luther. Between 1550 and 1553, he studied theology independently, while residing in Königsberg, East Prussia. In 1568 he received his doctorate in theology from the University of Rostock.


  • Chemnitz, Martin (1522–1584);
  • Martin Luther, preaching;
  • Chemnitz, imprint on lutheran formula of concord;
  • invoking, concept of adiaphora;
  • criticizing roman catholic theology;
  • Council's decree, 14 apocrypha books, canonical;
  • seven antilegomena books, of the new testament;
  • Chemnitz's de duabus naturis in christo