Protestant Reformers

This free online Christian library page focuses on the Protestant reformers, such as John Calvin, Martin Luther, and John Wycliffe. These were notable theologians as well as other laymen whose works and actions were known to have brought about what we call the Protestant Reformation.

Several of these could well be included under other categories, but due to their prominence as the originators of what became other well known religious groups, such as Lutherans, Anglicans, etc. are included on this page instead.

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Beza, Theodore (1519-1605)

Bucer, Martin (1491-1551)

Bullinger, Heinrich (1504-1575)

Calvin, John (1509-1564)

Cranmer, Thomas (1572-1626)

English Reformers

Farel, William (1489-1565)

Foxe, John (1517-1587)

Geneva Bible

History of the Protestant Reformation by Merle d'Aubigne (1794-1872)

Huss, John (1372-1415)

Knox, John (1514-1572)

Latimer, Hugh (1485-1555)

Luther, Martin (1483-1546)

Melanchthon, Philip (1497-1560)

Olevian, Caspar (1536-1587) (Co-author of the Heidelberg Catchism)

Pilkington, James (1520-1576)

Ridley, Nicholas (1502-1555)

Rogers, John (1500-1555)

Savonarola, Girolamo (1452-1498)

Sleiden, John (Sleidanus Johannes) (1501-1556)

Tyndale, William (1494-1536)

Ursinus, Zacharias (1534-1583) (Author of the Heidelberg Catechism)

Whitaker, William (1548-1595)

Wycliffe, John (1320-1384)

Zanchius, Jerome (Zanchi, Girolamo) (1516-1590)

Zwingli, Ulrich (Huldrych) (1484-1531)

This is definitely not an exhaustive list of the Protestant religious Reformers, but it is certainly a list that includes the more prominent and well-known reformers stretching from the 1300's to the early 1600's. You will also note that this list includes a history of this period in 21 volumes by Merle d'Aubigne, three editions of the Geneva Bible, and a category for the English Reformers.

Regardless of which position one might hold regarding the truth or error of these great men of God, all must recognize their huge impact upon God's church. The world advanced from a time of religious understanding and instruction being in the hands of the theologians of the day to the Bible being brought to the common people. As educational advancements grew as well as the invention of the printing press, it became more and more possible for the common person to own, read, and study the Bible.

Let us not take lightly the cost these men paid, many of whom were martyred for their faith, but let us take advantage of the great opportunity we have in our day to read and study the Holy Word of God. Let us make it a priority in our lives to make its truths known, first in our own hearts and lives, and then in the hearts and lives of others.

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