Multiple denominational belonging? Reception and censorship of the Mainz cathedral preacher Johann Wild OFM (1495–1554)

Johann Wild (Ferus, 1495–1554), a Franciscan friar and Mainz cathedral preacher, tried to overcome the emerging denominational boundaries by quoting both Catholic and Protestant authors in his sermons and Bible commentaries. For political reasons, the archbishops of Mainz appreciated Wild’s “irenic” and “Erasmian” theology (“Vermittlungstheologie”) and ordered the printing of his works in 1550. They sold very well and spread all over Europe, where the ecclesiastical censors in Paris, Salamanca and Rome put Wild on the Index of forbidden books and accused him of “Lutheranism”. Nevertheless, they valued his preaching skills and his loyalty to the Church, and therefore published expurgated reprints of his works. At the same time, some Protestants considered Wild a rare example of a “testis veritatis” within the Catholic camp. By identifying the sources cited by Wild, the project tries to sharpen his theological profile. A broad comparison of original and expurgated editions (using new OCR technology/Transkribus) reveals significant differences in the intensity and the strategy of censorship in different parts of Europe. Some spotlights on the reception of Wild’s texts among Catholic as well as Protestant theologians after 1600 show the “re-use” of an “irenic” theologian for purposes of “controversial theology”.

 

Title Research Project

Multiple denominational belonging? Reception and censorship of the Mainz cathedral preacher Johann Wild OFM (1495–1554)

 

Name of the Organizing Institution

Leibniz-Institute of European History (IEG)

 

Project Manager

Dr. Markus Müller

 

Duration of the Project

2018–2023

 

Further Information

You will find further information here.

 

Contact

Dr. Markus Müller
Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG)
Alte Universitätsstr. 19
55116 Mainz
Germany
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