The Peter Martyr Reader

John Patrick Donnelly, Frank James III, & Joseph C. McLelland, eds.


This handy paperback is an anthology of chapters taken from each of the volumes of the series.

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This handy paperback is an anthology of chapters taken from each of the volumes of the series. Chapters include Martyr’s views on the scope of theology, the study of theology, the authority of scripture, human nature, human happiness, the knowledge of God, the person of Christ, justification and faith, the Lord’s Supper, views on music and songs, predestination, free will, providence, moral virtue, civil magistrates, and prayer.

The accessibility of the Reader is enhanced by helpful notes and indexes of topics, classical references, and biblical citations; the introductions to the sixteen chapters, however, are quite terse. All in all, this Reader serves as a splendid invitation to deeper explorations in the Peter Martyr Library.

—John L. Farthing


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Abbreviations and Works Cited



The Scope of Theology
The Study of Theology
The Authority of Scripture
Human Nature
Human Happiness
Knowledge of God
The Person of Christ
Justification and Faith
The Lord's Supper
Music and Songs
Free Will
Moral Virtue
The Civil Magistrate

Scripture References

Classical References



John Patrick Donnelly, S.J., received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1972, where he wrote a dissertation on Peter Martyr Vermigli under the direction of Robert M. Kingdon. Since 1971, he has taught at Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he is professor of history. His research has centered mainly on the Jesuits and on Peter Martyr Vermigli. In addition to six articles and chapters in books dealing with Vermigli, he has published Calvinism and Scholasticism in Vermigli’s Doctrine of Man and Grace (Leiden: Brill, 1976), and with Robert M. Kingdon, A Bibliography of the Works of Peter Martyr Vermigli, Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies, XII (Kirksville, Mo.), 1990. He has previously translated from Latin various works of Thomas More (1982), Robert Bellarmine (1989), and Girolamo Savonarola (1994). He has held various offices in professional societies, including President of the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (1977) and President of the Society for Reformation Research (1990–1991). He currently serves on the editorial boards of The Sixteenth Century Journal and Archive for Reformation Research. He is co-general editor of the Peter Martyr Library.

Frank Allison James III was awarded the D. Phil. in history from Oxford University in 1993 for his dissertation on the intellectual and historical origins of Vermigli’s notion of gemina praedestinatio (double predestination) and the Ph.D. in historical theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2000 for his dissertation on Vermigli’s theological doctrine of justification. He received a Lilly Theological Research Grant (1999), was elected by the faculty of Keble College, Oxford University, to membership of the Senior Common Room (1994). Other awards include an Overseas Research Students Award (1991–92), the Isaiah Berlin Bursary, Oxford University (1990-91), the Leonard J. Theberge Memorial Scholarship, St. Peter’s College, Oxford University (1991–93), an Oxford University Research Grant (1991), the Christina Drake Research Award for Italian Studies, Taylor Institution, Oxford University (1991), and the St. Peter’s College Graduate Award, Oxford (1990–92).

James is the coeditor and contributor (with Charles E. Hill) of The Glory of the Atonement in Biblical, Theological, and Historical Perspective (2003); coeditor (with Emidio Campi and Peter Opitz) of Peter Martyr Vermigli: Humanism, Republicanism and Reformation, Travaux d’Humanisme et Renaissance, 365 (2002); coeditor (with J. Patrick Donnelly and Joseph C. McLelland) of The Peter Martyr Reader (1999). He is the author of Peter Martyr Vermigli and Predestination: The Augustinian Inheritance of an Italian Reformer, Oxford Theological Monographs (1998); coeditor (with Heiko Augustus Oberman) of Via Augustini: The Recovery of Augustine in the Later Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, Studies in Medieval and Reformation Thought, vol. 48 (1991). Since 1996, he has served as a general editor (with Joseph C. McLelland and J. Patrick Donnelly) of the Peter Martyr Library series and senior editor of Ad Fontes: Digital Library of Classical Theological Text (with Alister E. McGrath, Richard A. Muller, and Herman Selderhuis).

James was assistant professor of systematic and historical theology at Westmont College (1987–89); lecturer in philosophy and history, Villanova University (1986–87); and contributing editor at Christian History Magazine (1986–89). Since 1993 he has been professor of historical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and in 2002 was appointed vice president for academic affairs of that institution.

Joseph C. McLelland is emeritus professor of McGill University and of The Presbyterian College, Montreal, and general editor of the Peter Martyr Library. His writings in philosophy and theology include The Visible Words of God: The Sacramental Theology of Peter Martyr Vermigli (1957) and The Life, Early Letters and Eucharistic Writings of Peter Martyr (with G. E. Duffield; 1989).


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