A semi-fictional account of the turmoil and upheaval of the early decades of the Protestant Reformation
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Caspar Schwenckfeld: Between Tyranny And Anarchy

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What if you had the soul of a mystic, but a mind for reform? A heart for unity in the family of faith, but you were ridiculed and kicked out of your country by Martin Luther himself?

Perhaps less-known than others, Caspar Schwenckfeld was a 16th-Century theologian, writer, physician, naturalist, preacher, and ultimately, reformer who achieved a quixotic success in his own corner of the rapidly-changing world.

In the pages of Alan Olsen's loving exposition, Schwenckfeld reveals his disappointments, conflicts, and hopes for the future, through the eyes of his friend and colleague, Jacob Held. All of the conversation and other details that make up the narrative are derived from real letters, pamphlets and other writings of Schwenckfeld’s.

Anyone interested in the life-and-death struggle between tyranny and chaos that was the Protestant Reformation will enjoy this book.

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Praise for Caspar Schwenckfeld: Between Tyranny And Anarchy

“The book not only reveals a history of the Reformation but is full of Biblical truths. The conversations between Casper and his friend "dear Jacob" reveal their continuing search for the truth that they have found in Christ. They will not bend the knee to the tranny of the religious forces of the day. Many of which still exists today.”
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“I enjoyed being guided through the 16th-century streets of Strasbourg as though by Caspar Schwenckfeld himself and feeling the hopes and disappointments of his times. My understanding of the Reformation was broadened by these readable conversations between Caspar and his dear friend, Jacob.”
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About the Author

Alan Olsan has been a devoted student of the Radical Reformation since the 1980s, with an emphasis on the life and thought of Caspar Schwenckfeld. A childhood in a conservative Lutheran congregation, as well as participation in the Jesus Movement and Charismatic Renewal in the 1970’s, provided fertile ground for the ideas of the Silesian reformer.

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