Lüthard, Christoph (1590-1663)
Christoph Lüthard was professor of philosophy at the University of Bern, Switzerland, from 1618 and professor of theology from 1628 until his death. In high esteem for his work in training the pastors of Bern, he also merited praise for his contribution to the school system. On 4 January 1659 he was appointed to the newly organized Anabaptist Commission, and with his colleagues interviewed the "Anabaptists in the penitentiary." About this time Dutch intervention in behalf of the Mennonites was begun. Abraham Heidanus, professor of theology at the University of Leiden, and Hans Vlamingh, an Amsterdam merchant, wrote long letters to Lüthard (Müller, 173-79), advocating a free exercise of religion. In his reply Lüthard, as a member of the Anabaptist Commission, tried to present the condition of the Mennonites in a favorable light and to justify the attitude of the Bern theologians and the government.
"Bernische Pfarrer im 16.-19. Jahrhundert." Manuscript in the state archives of the canton of Bern.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 702 f.
Müller, Ernst. Geschichte der Bernischen Täufer. Frauenfeld: Huber, 1895. Reprinted Nieuwkoop: B. de Graaf, 1972.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 416. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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