Protestant Reformers M continues the Online Christian Library with Philip Melancthon, a contemporary and collaborator with Martin Luther, the well known Lutheran Reformer. According to an article in Wikipedia, "Melanchthon made the distinction between law and gospel the central formula for Lutheran evangelical insight. By the "law," he meant God's requirements both in Old and New Testament; the "gospel" meant the free gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ."
Melanchthon, Philip (1497-1560) (Lutheran)
The following is an excerpt taken from the Preface of the book, Philip Melancthon: The Wittemberg Professor and Theologian of the Reformation.
In compiling this brief biography of Philip Melancthon the author has not designed a book for the student, to whom the treasures of history are open, but for the general reader.
The intimate friend and companion of Martin Luther for a period of nearly twenty-eight years is, for that fact alone, worthy of a place in the biographical literature of the present day; and when, in addition, that friend is found to be a man of most eminent learning, of great worth and exalted piety, and one who exerted an influence upon the great Protestant Reformation second only to Luther himself, no apology is needed for placing a record of his life and times before the Christian public of the present day.
A talented writer says: "Without Luther the Reformation would never have taken hold of the common people; without Melancthon it would never have succeeded among the scholars of Germany." And no man ever valued the work of Melancthon more than the great Reformer himself.