Karlstadt, Andreas

Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt on Christmas Day, 1521, celebrated mass without vestments, dressed as a lay person, pronounced the consecration in German & distributed communion in both kinds.  The next day he was betrothed to 16 year old Anna von Mochau, & a fortnight later secured his place in history by becoming the first reformer to marry

His ‘pentecostalist’ pneumatology earned him one of the best comments of the Reformation by erstwhile colleague, Martin Luther: “Karlstadt… devoured the Holy Spirit feathers and all”. Against the Heavenly Prophets (1525)

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