One manuscript argues against pianos and pipe organs in church because they were considered ostentatious. A sermon by John Calvin compares unruly teens to an obscenity.
These are some of the surprises found when professors and graduate students at Calvin Theological Seminary , Grand Rapids, Mich., launched the Post-Reformation Digital Library containing writings of Reformed, Lutheran and Roman Catholic scholars. They tracked down theologians' manuscripts once thought lost, and found them brutally honest about their doctrinal positions and emotions.
The site is intended for students and the inquisitive previously unable to travel to university or European libraries or unwilling to wait six months to check out a book.
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