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Bucer, Martin

(Butzer; Kuhhorn; 1491–1551). Ger. Prot. reformer. B. Sélestat; d. Cambridge. Dominican; studied theol., Gk., and Heb. at Heidelberg. Erasmus inclined him towards Protestantism; views influenced by Luther at Heidelberg disputation 1518. lntrod. Reformation at Strasbourg 1523. To avoid theol. divisions, he advocated compromises and used dubious expressions. In disputes bet. Luther and Zwingli he adopted a middle course, trying to reconcile both; but his views of the Lord's Supper, approaching those of Zwingli, exposed him to Luther's criticism. At Augsburg 1530 he gen. agreed with Luth. views but declined to subscribe to the AC; later helped draw up Tetrapolitan Confession (Strasbourg, Konstanz, Memmingen, Lindau). At Diet of Regensburg he tried to unite Prots. and RCs Refusing to sign the Interim, he accepted an invitation of Abp. Cranmer to teach theol. at Cambridge and to help in furthering the Reformation in Eng. See also Lutheran Confessions, B 1; Reformed Confessions, D 1; Regensburg Book; Regensburg Conference; Sickingen, Franz von.

J. W. Baum, Capito und Butzer, Strassburgs Reformatoren, in Leben und ausgewählte Schriften der Väter und Begründer der reformirten Kirche, III (Elberfeld, 1860).

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