Kromayer, Hieronymus (1610-1670)

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Hieronymus Kromayer, a German Lutheran theologian and professor at the University of Leipzig, wrote a series of books frequently reprinted on exegetical, dogmatic, and ethical subjects, often quite polemic in nature. In his late years he produced a church history (Ecclesia in politia), which also mentions the Anabaptists and Mennonites, and a Theologia positivo-polemica, which deals in objective order with the controversies of the Lutherans with the Catholics, Calvinists, and Remonstrants, Socinians, Anabaptists, Weigelians, Jews, etc. In 1670, posthumously, his Scrutinium religionum tum falsarum, Paganismi . . . tum unice verae et orthodoxae, Luteranismi was published for the first time. He treats each religion by first presenting it and then refuting it. It is interesting to note that in obviously ascending order he ranks "Catabaptism and Quakerism" immediately after "Paganism, Islam, and Judaism," and before "Weigelianism, Rosicrucianism, Socinianism, Arminianism, Calvinism, Abyssinism, Anatolicism, Papism," and "the only true and orthodox Lutheranism." Of the Quinque Disputationes selectiores, at least the first, De satisfactione Christi (1642), refers once more to the Anabaptists.


Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie. 56 v. Leipzig, 1875-1912: XVII.

Die Religion in Geschichte and Gegenwart, 2. ed., 5 v. Tübingen: Mohr, 1927-1932: III.

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: II, 577.

Author(s) Ernst Crous
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 247. All rights reserved.

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