Eck, Johann (1486-1543)
Johann Eck (b. 13 November 1486, d. 13 February 1543), was the disputatious, immoderately violent opponent of Luther. He became a friend of Hubmaier, his student at the University of Freiburg i. Br. When Hubmaier won his master's degree, Eck delivered the Latin laudatory oration. When Eck was transferred to Ingolstadt as professor of theology Hubmaier entered the university there. In Waldshut Hubmaier challenged his old teacher to a disputation; Eck ignored it. Among the numerous polemics written by Eck the following are of interest in the history of the Anabaptists:
In the 404 articles Eck proposed for the disputation of Ingolstadt in 1536, he intentionally throws Zwingli, Luther, and the Anabaptists together indiscriminately, and derives the Anabaptists ("who deny the Deity of Christ") from Luther.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon (Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967), I, 501.
Seidemann, Johann Karl. Thomas Münzer: Eine Biographie. Dresden: in der Arnoldischen Buchhandlung, 1842.
Verzeichniss seltener und werthvoller Werke, S. Calvary Antiquariat. Berlin, 1870: 46.
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