With the papal schism commanding so much of the Catholic Church's attention, many vocal dissenters during the early 15th century were silenced by a fiery death. Jan Hus was one of these dissenters. An ardent reformer and a passionate preacher, Jan was outspoken in his disdain for the sale of indulgences, the Eucharistic disparity between clergy and laity, and the conduct of priests in general. Christian History & Biography offers this issue as a look at the life and death of Jan Hus: his supporters, his enemies, and his fireproof legacy that would last long after his body burned away.
The Incendiary Preacher of Prague
Inside this issue you'll find:
- To Build a Fire - Jan Hus hoped his incendiary preaching and heated rebukes would purify a tainted church, but the flames consumed him first.
- A Plethora of Pontiffs - With two popes, then three, vying for power, more was at stake in Constance than Jan Hus.
- Foes in High Places - As reformation divided Bohemia, it turned some of Hus's most influential allies against him.
- The Wanderer - Jerome of Prague's zest for life was surpassed only by his zeal for reform.
- A Pastor's Heart - Even in the midst of his campaign for reform, Hus never forgot the faithful flock back home.
- From the Archives: Faith Formed in Love - In De Ecclesia (The Church), Hus encourages Christians to trust God but question the church.
- The Reformation Connection - Hus shared ideas with Wyclif and Luther, yet they were not all of one mind.
- Rebels to be Reckoned With - The most powerful empire in Europe was no match for a peasant army led by a blind man.
- To Live in Truth - The integrity for which Hus died lives on among Czech Christians. A conversation with Jan Milic Lochman.
Issue 68 (Volume 19, Number 4)
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