Early Writings: Creed, Scripture, Church

Mario Di Gangi & Joseph C. McLelland, trans. & eds.


These works, “The Apostles’ Creed,” “Theses for Debate,” and “Schism and the True Church,” display the heart of Martyr’s theology, both pastoral and moral. (SCE&S 30, PML 1)

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Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, Vol. 30

Peter Martyr Library, Vol. 1

Series One of the Peter Martyr Library will include twelve volumes of critically edited translations of the major works of Peter Martyr. Martyr is considered to be the second or third most important Italian reformer of the early modern period. Most of his works have never been translated into English and in some instances they have never been translated. A team of international scholars have come together to make Martyr’s contributions available now.



Biographical Introduction
Philip McNair

Section Introductions
Joseph C. McLelland

Part One: “The Apostles’ Creed”

Part Two: “Theses for Debate, Strasbourg, 1543–1545”

Part Three: “Schism and the True Church”

Chief Works of Peter Martyr Vermigli

Recent Works on Peter Martyr Vermigli

About the Translators
Scripture References


Mariano Di Gangi resides in Toronto after a career as pastor in Canada and the United States, as a teacher at the Ontario Theological Seminary, and as an evangelist. His interest in Peter Martyr resulted in his Bachelor of Divinity thesis at The Presbyterian College, Montreal, 1949, on Peter Martyr Vermigli’s life and work, including “The Creed” as appendix. That early work has now been expanded and published as Peter Martyr Vermigli: Renaissance Man, Reformation Master (1993), while the Credo begins the present volume.

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).

Philip M. J. McNair served as professor of Italian and departmental head of the University of Birmingham. He retired to Cambridge, where he continues to lecture in the Faculty of Theology and pursue writing assignments. He has written entries for several encyclopedias, and is the author of Peter Martyr in Italy (1967).


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