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Reformers in the WingsFrom Geiler von Kaysersberg to Theodore Beza$
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David C. Steinmetz

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195130485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195130480.001.0001

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Hans Denck (1500?–1527)

Hans Denck (1500?–1527)

The Universal Word

(p.146) 19 Hans Denck (1500?–1527)
Reformers in the Wings

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Like Balthasar Hubmaier, Hans Denck had a university education and was converted to Anabaptism through his influence. Denck sided with Hubmaier in his attack on Luther's doctrine of the bondage of the will and predestination. Denck wanted to enlarge, not restrict, the realm of human freedom and responsibility. To that end, he stressed that God reveals himself immediately to the human heart and that Scripture, which Denck labored to translate accurately, is not the Word of God but only a witness to the universal Word. Because the Word of God speaks immediately to the free human heart, Denck believed that God would hold human beings accountable.

Keywords:   Denck, freedom, Hubmaier, Luther, will, Word

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