Myconius, Friedrich (1490-1546)
Friedrich Myconius (Mecum) (1490-1546) was a reformer in Thuringia, Germany, pastor in the small town of Buchholz in Saxony, and finally pastor and superintendent in Gotha. Here he carried out a thorough reformation of church and school. He took part in the church and school inspections of 1527 and 1533 and in many theological meetings and discussions. After the death of Duke Georg he introduced the Reformation in Leipzig and Annaberg.
In these positions Myconius came into frequent contact with the Anabaptists. After the execution of six Anabaptists at Reinhardsbrunn he had some qualms against such violent measures, but was set at rest by Melanchthon, to whom he had turned for counsel. He planned to write a booklet against the Anabaptists with Menius,but the latter wrote it alone. After his death in 1546 Menius became his successor as superintendent of Gotha.
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